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Management of inverted papilloma: review

  • B Attlmayr (a1), S G Derbyshire (a1), A V Kasbekar (a1) and A C Swift (a1)



Inverted papilloma is the most common benign tumour affecting the nose. There is a high rate of recurrence and a potential of malignant transformation. This review article aimed to identify the best available management of this pathology today.


A systematic review of the current English-language literature was performed. Only original articles with a minimum follow up of one year and an average follow up of two years were included.


A total of 1385 patients from 16 case series were identified. The total recurrence rate for all patients was 11.5 per cent. Significantly lower recurrence rates were found for procedures using an attachment-oriented excision (recurrence of 6.9 per cent; p = 0.0001) and utilising frozen sections (recurrence of 7.0 per cent; p = 0.0001).


There is a general trend towards endoscopic surgery. There may be some benefit to the use of attachment-oriented surgery and frozen sections. Multi-centred randomised controlled trials are required.


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Address for correspondence: Dr B Attlmayr, ENT Department, Aintree University Hospital, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 7AL, UK Fax: 00 44 151 529 5237 E-mail:


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Presented as a poster at the 25th Congress of the European Rhinologic Society, 22–26 June 2014, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.



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