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Signs and Symptoms of Nasal Tumors

written by: Vikas Vij • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 11/26/2010

Early detection of nasal cancer improves the chances of surviving the disease. Know the symptoms so you know when you see a doctor about your nasal problems.

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    Early Detection

    There are a number of nasal tumor symptoms that must be considered to detect the disease at an early stage. The nasal and paranasal cancers typically cause problems related to the nose and eyes, which are the earliest signs of the disease. There are some other symptoms, which may also develop over time, and the medical professional takes all the signs and symptoms into consideration along with various test reports to arrive at a conclusion about the diagnosis.

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    Signs of Nasal Tumor

    Nose Related Symptoms

    Early signs related to the nose include persistent nasal blockage and stuffiness, which does not improve with time, or continues to get worse in some cases. The other symptoms are nasal congestion in just one side of the nose, nasal drainage at the far end of the nose and throat, which is also known as post-nasal dripping, and unexplained nosebleeds. Some other nose related symptoms to note are nasal drainage of pus, reduced ability to smell, abnormal growth of the nose, and mucus drainage from the nose.

    Eye Related Symptoms

    Some of the key symptoms of nasal tumor related to eyes include pain in the area around the eyes, abnormal bulge in one of the eyes, full or partial visual impairment, a persistent condition of watery eyes, and problems of dual vision.

    Other Symptoms

    Other common symptoms of the disease include pain in some areas of the face, particularly the upper cheek, loss of sensation in some areas of the face, abnormal growth of the face or the palate, and pain or sense of pressure in one of the ears. Some other symptoms may be pain while opening the jaw, numbness in the teeth or loosening teeth, and enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck.

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    Difference between Malignant and Benign Symptoms

    Many of these nasal tumor symptoms may also be caused as a result of benign conditions. There are a number of infections or allergic reactions that show the same symptoms. However, the key difference is that in the case of nasal cancer, the symptoms continue to persist beyond a reasonable period of time. That is the time when the patient must get the symptoms evaluated by a qualified doctor. If there is the presence of a malignant tumor, an early diagnosis enhances the chances of successful treatment.

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    Medical Evaluation of Symptoms

    If the symptoms do not improve with time, the patient must visit the doctor who makes an objective evaluation of the situation. As a first step, the doctor checks the past medical history of the patient by asking about the nature and duration of symptoms and other risk factors. Thereafter, the doctor conducts a physical examination to identify the signs of nasal cancer or any other conditions. The key focus of the doctor during the examination is on the sinuses and other areas of the nose that are causing the appearance of symptoms. If the doctor believes there are grounds to suspect nasal tumor, he will most likely refer the patient to an ENT Specialist.

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    Imaging Tests to Analyze Symptoms

    An X-ray of the sinuses may help to know whether the sinuses are filled with as much air as necessary. However, this test may only indicate that something is amiss, but it may not necessarily be a cancer. An abnormal X-ray can also be caused due to an infection. If the infection does not go away with treatment, the doctor may perform more advanced imaging tests such as a CT Scan and MRI Scan. These tests help to analyze a more detailed anatomy of the sinuses.

    Overall, it becomes easier to bring the disease under control if early medical intervention is made to address the symptoms. The person who experiences such symptoms, particularly in the nose or eyes, should get an evaluation done by a qualified medical professional and follow the advice the professional regarding further specialized examination, if necessary.

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