This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in The Cochrane Library in Issue 1, 2007.
Benign nasal polyps are lesions that arise from the mucosa of the nasal cavity or one or more of the nasal sinuses. The presenting symptoms are nasal obstruction, watery anterior rhinorrhoea (excessive nasal secretions) or mucopurulent postnasal drip (or both), hyposmia and anosmia (reduced or absent sense of smell) with a concomitant alteration in taste and infrequently pain over the dorsum of the nose, forehead and cheeks. The main aim of treatment is to relieve these symptoms. The aetiology of polyps is uncertain, therefore treatment options differ, consisting of a combination of medical and surgical management. Medical therapy is mainly in the form of steroids, administered topically or systemically via the oral route.