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A nasopharyngeal polyp is a common non-cancerous growth in the middle ear. As the polyps grow, they can extend down the tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the throat, and can block the mouth and nose.
Young cats are most commonly affected.
These polyps may be caused by:
Signs will depend on the location of the polyp:
To properly diagnose your cat with a nasopharyngeal polyp, your veterinarian may perform the following:
Most veterinarians advise that polyps must be removed by either one of two methods:
There is no known preventative for this condition.
Most cats are fine after surgery; some have temporary complications, like trouble blinking.
In most cases, it is impossible to remove the entire polyp and it may grow back.
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