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Sinonasal mass – Help I have a lump in my nose!

Dr Dennis Chua is a board certified Sinus Specialist dealing in complex conditions of the nose and sinus. One common condition he encounters are patients referred to him for “Lumps” in the nose. If you feel a lump in your nose, consider visiting Dr. Dennis Chua.

These can have different causes:

  • Polyps: These generally refer to benign (non-cancerous) growths in the nose from chronic inflammation. If there is a past history of allergic rhinitis (“sensitive nose) or chronic sinusitis, these can occur. If the polyps worsen, they can result in a blocked nose or even loss of smell (hyposmia). These conditions can usually be treated simply with medications. Occasionally a functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) may be necessary to deal with the condition.
  • Inferior turbinate hypertrophy: This is a normal structure present in the nose that is enlarged. You can occasionally see a lump present when you shine a light into the nose.
Sinonasal mass
  • Cancerous lumps/ Sinonasal tumors: Occasionally, some lumps in the nose are due to cancers. There can be several different types and only a biopsy can confirm the diagnosis. Picture below shows a patient diagnosed with a melanoma within the nasal cavity (Fortunately a rare condition). Find out more about sinonasal tumors here.
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