Pearls Of Wisdom

Posts for: January, 2018

By Mark T. Brown
January 23, 2018
Category: Sinus


What are Nasal Polyps?

    Nobody wants to hear they have polyps in their nose. This is not your garden variety nasal issues. Most of the time caused by allergy, polyps are a chronic condition that is not often cured with surgery. Usually an allergist is going to provide the best long-term control. But there are times when surgery is needed, even repeatedly in the most extreme cases.

    Polyps grow in response to nasal inflammation. They are relatively discrete mounds of incredibly swollen nasal mucosa (lining). Most of the time it is something in the air that stimulates them to grow. At times, it is a sinus infection that provides the impetuous for their existence. No matter the cause, polyps are disruptive to nasal airflow and tend to cause secondary sinus infections.


Epidemiology and differential diagnosis of nasal polyps.

Chaaban MR, Walsh EM, Woodworth BA - Am J Rhinol Allergy (2013 Nov-Dec)


    Surgery is needed for polyps if medical management can’t keep them at bay and an allergist can’t help you control the environmental reaction that started them in the first place. It is by no means the first choice of treatment unless they are, sometimes quite literally, hanging out of your nose.


Adult-onset woakes' syndrome: report of a rare case.

Schoenenberger U, Tasman AJ - Case Rep Otolaryngol (2015)


The problem with surgery is it is not a permanent fix most of the time. Think about mowing the grass – it just keeps coming back.

    When someone has a significant enough polyp issue to require an ENT to take them to the OR, the surgery should be a part of the process. Combining surgery with aggressive medical management pre- and post-op is often the best way to keep you and your nose healthy.




Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS








Dr. Mark Brown is an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist at Great Hills ENT in Austin, TX who is double Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Mark Brown, MD is the author of Smarter Sleep: Real Answers, Science Based Solutions, Healthier Sleep. Dr. Brown treats sinusitis, nasal congestion, nasal fractures, dizziness/vertigo, ear infections, tonsilitis, sleep apnea and insomnia for both adults and pediatrics. Great Hills ENT serves the greater Austin area including Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders.