Pediatric Nasal Mass Causes & Symptoms
What are pediatric nasal masses?
A nasal mass is any irregular growth in the nose or nasal passage. Usually, growths are non-cancerous—but occasionally a cancerous nasal mass is found in a child. Masses can include nasal polyps, nasal turbinates, and other nasal growths that sometimes impair breathing or cause total nasal blockages. While nasal masses in children are uncommon, they can occur and can cause health complications, such as sinus infection, snoring, and sleep apnea, without treatment.
What causes nasal masses in children?
Nasal masses can develop at birth or occur later in life. There is no exact known cause for nasal masses, but commonly occur in:
- Young males (pre-pubescent)
- Children with cystic fibrosis
- Infants who are born with a dilation of the tear duct
What are the symptoms of nasal masses in children?
Nasal masses can cause any of the following symptoms:
- Nasal obstruction
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Nasal bleeding
- Rhinorrhea (runny nose)
- Nasal pain
When should I take my child to a doctor for nasal masses?
The above symptoms warrant a trip to have your child evaluated by an ear, nose and throat physician. At New York ENT, we use special tools to look inside the nose to view the entire nasal cavity and back of the nose. Further studies may be conducted to pinpoint the exact condition your child is suffering from. These may include:
- Computerized tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
How are nasal masses treated?
The type of treatment recommended by your doctor will vary depending on the condition that is identified. Usually, your doctor will attempt conservative treatment when possible, including watching the mass for changes and medical therapy—often using prescription medications. When these treatments fail or the condition is severe, your doctor may recommend an advanced surgical procedure to remove the nasal mass.
If your child is suffering from a nasal mass, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of nasal conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.