The etiology of nasal polyps is still in dispute notwithstanding that they are now generally considered to have an allergic background. Despite pronounced allergic nasal trouble, however, most people do not develop nasal polyps even after a course of many years. In addition, when nasal polyps do develop, they always spring from certain regions of the mucous membrane in the nose and sinuses, while other regions remain unaffected. The reason for such selectivity is unknown. The incidence varies geographically also.
Therapeutic measures have been and are still extremely varied. Conservative treatment consisting of restricted diet and general desensitizing measures is one extreme; operative procedures ranging from isolated snaring of more or less easily accessible polyps in the nose to radical surgery on all nasal sinuses are the other.
Naturally difficulties are encountered in attempting objective comparison of the effect of different methods of treatment. Standardized registration of the degree of
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