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Prolapsed antrochoanal polyp: an unusual cause of acute adult respiratory distress
  1. Thomas Terence Whittle1,
  2. Stuart Benzie1,
  3. Daniel Graham2
  1. 1 Ear,Nose and Throat, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, UK
  2. 2 Accident and Emergency, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas Terence Whittle, thomas.whittle.10{at}


Here we describe an adult male who presented with acute dyspnoea and airway occlusion. Nasoendoscopy revealed a large antrochoanal polyp extending from his maxillary sinus to the level of the epiglottis. The patient underwent a successful semi-emergency polypectomy following initial stabilisation with medication.

  • ear, nose and throat
  • nasal polyps
  • resuscitation
  • medical management
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  • Contributors TTW was involved in the case and is the main author of the case. SB was involved in the acute management of the patient and was assistant in theatre; assisted with editing and writing of the main report. DG is the accident and emergency doctor involved in the initial management and stabilisation of patient on presentation; he gave advice and has a minor editing role in the composition of the final report.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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