Epidemiology of nasal polyps

Allergy Asthma Proc. 1996 Sep-Oct;17(5):231-6. doi: 10.2500/108854196778662246.


Nasal polyps are found in 36% of patients with aspirin intolerance, 7% of those with asthma, 0.1% in children, and about 20% in those with cystic fibrosis. Other conditions associated with nasal polyps are Churg-Strauss Syndrome, allergic fungal sinusitis, and cilia dyskinetic syndrome, (Kartagener's) and Young Syndrome. Nasal polyps are statistically more common in nonallergic asthma versus allergic asthma (13% vs 5%, P < 0.01). About 40% of patients with surgical polypectomies have recurrences. There appears to be a hereditary factor for developing nasal polyps. A classification system for staging nasal polyps is proposed in order to standardize treatment, consider differential diagnosis, and harvest meaningful comparative research information.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aspirin
  • Asthma / complications
  • Drug Hypersensitivity / complications
  • Humans
  • Nasal Polyps / complications
  • Nasal Polyps / epidemiology*
  • Nasal Polyps / genetics
  • Nasal Polyps / surgery
  • Recurrence


  • Aspirin