The conception of the pathogenesis of the nasal polyp, in the minds of the majority of rhinologists and even pathologists, is hazy. Even in standard modern textbooks, the descriptions of this condition are confusing, and in many cases, inaccurate. The time honored association of the name myxoma with this type of tumor is still copied by one compiler from his predecessor. One still reads of the use of the acetic acid reaction for mucin to make the diagnosis sure.
Adami,1 in his textbook, describes the nasal polyp as a myxoma, fibroma, adenoma, etc., due to "hyperplastic growth of the mucous membrane of the nose or of the accessory cavities, or to actual tumor formation." Ewing2 designates it as a fibroma of the nares, nasal polyp, etc., and quotes Chiari's3 hypothesis of its inflammatory origin.
Zarniko4 classifies the nasal polypi as: fibroma