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A 66-year-old male asked:

doctor removed 18 polyps from colon, all benign. doctor says i need another colonoscopy next year. what are the chances he will find polyps again?

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Dr. Barry Mills
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Good chance: With this many polyps others could easily have been missed or you could grow small polyps in a year i agree with repeat procedure 1yr. Also will determine how fast you grow polyps and determine future schedule if procedure.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Xtrong chance: Polyps develop in a field eventually leading to cancer. This is more common in the spontaneous form and not congenital variant. When induced by a virus or carcinogen the normal cells in the field appear as colonocytes but when studied by immunohistochemistry, most of the cells are producing tumor protein. They will stay as polyps whjem pme converts to mallignancy due to immunosuppression.

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Last updated Apr 10, 2014

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