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Chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps progresses slowly. Symptoms are often downplayed

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published June 22, 2023 10:00

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A conversation with Professor Dariusz Jurkiewicz, head of the Department of Otolaryngology and Laryngological Oncology with the Clinical Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery at the Military Medical Institute in Warsaw.

If we're talking about chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps, we're talking about a disease that, on the one hand, is a serious illness, and on the other, one that is also very often underestimated. Why is this the case?

Chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps is a chronic inflammatory process affecting the nasal mucosa and paranasal sinuses. Symptoms build up slowly and initially the patient has virtually no complaints. Because of this, he does not rush to see a doctor or seek help for his symptoms. He only comes forward when these symptoms are very severe, i.e. the patient cannot breathe through his nose, has nasal leaks, complains of facial pain or has olfactory disturbances. Then his life, both personal and at work, is severely affected, and this is the reason why the patient reports to the doctor.

And once the patient has approached the doctor, what is the doctor able to offer him? What is the pattern of treatment?

The patient, first of all, needs to be thoroughly questioned about the symptoms: What are the symptoms? Since when do they occur? Are they related to the seasons? We need to determine whether it is sinusitis, whether there are any anato...

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