Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of nasal polyps?

Updated: Oct 25, 2019
  • Author: John E McClay, MD; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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Benign multiple nasal polyposis usually manifests in patients older than 20 years and is more common in patients older than 40 years. Nasal polyps are rare in children younger than 10 years. Although the male-to-female ratio is 2-4:1 in adults, the ratio in children is unreported. A review of articles reporting on children whose nasal polyposis required surgery showed apparently equal prevalence in boys and girls, though the data are inconclusive. [4] The reported prevalence is equal in patients with asthma. Nasal polyps occur in all races and social classes.

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