Michael S. Blaiss, MD, FACAAI
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Until recently the only treatment choices for patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps (CRSwNP), included saline irrigation for symptomatic relief, local or oral corticosteroids to keep inflammation under control, and polypectomy through endoscopic sinus surgery. Researchers realized that the monoclonal antibody treatments developed to treat severe asthma could also be an effective treatment option for CRSwNP.
Nasal polyposis is typically present in patients with the highest levels of disease severity, and endoscopic surgery to remove polyps is not the cure one might presume. Nearly 80% of patients who undergo polypectomy experience polyp recurrence within two years and >35% eventually opt for a second surgery. Availability of biologics for CRSwNP gives clinicians treatment options beyond steroids and surgery for their CRSwNP patients who are struggling to breathe freely. However, it also confronts them with new and different decisions. This program has been designed to help clinicians determine when each treatment is most appropriate when treating patients with CRSwNP.
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