Despite the therapeutical advances of the last decade, nasal polyposis represents still a problem for rhinology, practitioners. A number of hypotheses have been formulated about its etiopathogenesis, but no one is confirmed, so that nowadays therapy continues to be only symptomatic and does not cure definitively the underlying pathology. Recurrences are frequent and discourage both the practitioner and the patient. Purpose of this paper is to illustrate Authors' therapeutical rationale aimed to reestablish nasal flow, reduce rhinorrhea, improve olfaction, decrease rhinosinusinusal infection rate and maintain as long as possible such a symptomatic improvement. These targets are best achieved by a combination of medical and surgical treatments in order to optimize the results and reduce the side-effects of both the therapeutical options. Moreover the treatment should be tailored on each patient and follow up should be careful and performed at regular interval. Authors reviewed the clinical records of patients who underwent surgery for nasal polyposis between 2002 and 2004 at Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy, with a minimum follow-up of 12 months. All patients underwent the complete set of diagnostic work-up. The choice between surgical or medical options was based on both the kind of the polyposis and the staging of the pathology. The therapy was as more "personalized" as possible, but a homogeneity of treatment was maintained. The results show that a correct "staging" of the patient allows an appropriate therapy and reduces recurrence rate. In conclusion, authors report their experience and propose a scheme of diagnostic work-up in order to define grading/staging of the pathology and establish a "tailored" therapeutic protocol aimed to control a pathology which is rarely definitively treated.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Titolo:||[Rational treatment of nasal polyposis] Trattamento ragionato della poliposi nasale|
|Rivista:||ACTA OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGICA ITALICA|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000389449900077|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-33644996377|
|Codice identificativo Pubmed:||16506398|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su Rivista|