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What are colon polyps?

What are colon polyps?

Abnormal gowths : Neoplasia is a general term to describe abnormal growth pattern, cancer-like, unregulated by normal bodily control systems. Some colon polyps are destined to become cancerous, some are not, so all polyps are usually removed when they are found so we can distinguish the difference under the microscope, not by appearance which can fool you. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Are colon polyps dangerous?

Eh: Dangerous is a strong term Certain colon polyps are considered precursors to cancer. That is, if not removed, they have potential to become cancer. ...Read more

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Are colon polyps cancerous?

Are colon polyps cancerous?

Some: There are different types of colon polyps. Some will not turn into cancer. But many (adenomatous polyps in particular) have a high likelihood of turning into cancer if not removed. We think that most colon cancers start as polyps. That is why we recommend colonoscopy at age 50. If you have a precancerous polyp, it can be removed before you get cancer. ...Read more

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Are small sessile colon polyps usually cancerous?

Are small sessile colon polyps usually cancerous?

No ...: ... On the contrary. The smaller the polyp, the less likely it is to be "cancerous". Sessile just means flat (harder to find) versus pedunculated (mushroom-shaped). The precancerous type of polyps are adenomatous and serrated polyps (documented on pathology). Hyperplastic polyps in general are almost always benign and never turn into cancer. ...Read more

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Are large, flat colon polyps cancerous more often that other polyps?

Are large, flat colon polyps cancerous more often that other polyps?

Yes: Truly either pedunculated ( i.E with stalk) or sessile (flat) can harbor a malignant or pre-malignant lesion. The flat ones are a little more worrisome, and size of lesion also plays a role. Biopsy is the key to diagnosis - if the lesion is large and flat, there is always the possibility that malignancy may exist elsewhere within the lesion and surgery or close follow up may be needed. ...Read more

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Are colonic polyps genetic?

Are colonic polyps genetic?

Some: Most people with colon cancer do not have a strong family history, but some do. Anyone with a family history of colon cancer and/or colonic polyps should have a screening colonoscopy well before the age recommended for people with no family history (50). See your physician. Rarely families have mutations that cause hundreds of colonic polyps - these few patients may need removal of their colon. ...Read more

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Are colon polyps considered to be neoplasic?

Are colon polyps considered to be neoplasic?

Yes, but...: ...Not always a cancer. Different types of polyps have varying risk of developing into cancer or harboring cancer already. Size also increases the risk. ...Read more

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How often are colon polyps malignant? What if the polyps was causing bloody stool?

1-3%: Approx 20% of patients >50 years old have adenomatous polyps (potentially precancerrous).The vast majority of colon polyps are benign, but if they remain in the colon for a long time(>10 years) they have the potential to progress to a cancer.Both benign and cancerous polyps can cause blood y stools all patients with blood with bm should be examined. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms of colon polyps?

Not typically: On occasion, polyps may infarct, twist on their stalk, bleed, or secrete (villous tumors of the rectum) with resulting "diarrhea." however, most polyps & colon cancers are identified (hopefully) before symptoms develop. Early detection at a smaller polyp size means higher cure rates, lower risk of malignant transformation or invasion, & improved survival before cancer develops. Get a colonoscopy! ...Read more

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How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

Taken literally: Only the number. But both conditions, regardless of number of polyps, is abnormal. Gallbladder polyps, unlike others in the GI tract, are formed by cholesterol crystals. So if you have symptoms with either finding, your gallbladder is the likely source of it. Ask the doctor who ordered the test to see if you are a surgical candidate. ...Read more

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Are pancreatic polyps cancerous?

Unclear question: Pancreas does not generally have polyps. While theoretically polyp may develop in the ducts, these are not generally know to occur. Colonic polyps are pre-cancerous. ...Read more

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Normal iron levels however hgb is low 13.6. What this mean? Bening colon polyps removed. Diverticulosis diagnosed from most recent colonoscopy.

Normal iron levels however hgb is low 13.6. What this mean? Bening colon polyps removed. Diverticulosis diagnosed from most recent colonoscopy.

Polyps can bleed.: While polyps and diverticuli can bleed, the bleeding from the latter is dramatic and scary, while the bleeding from the former is very slow and not noticeable overtly. Your situation sounds like bleeding from polyps. ...Read more

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What percentage of rectal polyps become cancerous?

What percentage of rectal polyps become cancerous?

About 10%: It was felt that malignancies of bowel i.e. rectal polyps accumulate mutations to go from adenomatous polyps to malignant polyps to cancer it now appears that about 10% of such lesions will progress to cancer. In bowel adjacent to malignancy, most normal appearing mucosal cells produce cancer protein having undergone genotypic changes. These cells eventually lead to new Ca's. in bowel. ...Read more

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3-5mm Sessile polyp removed from descending colon during colonoscopy. What are the odds it's a hyperplastic polyp? Should I be concerned?

3-5mm Sessile polyp removed from descending colon during colonoscopy. What are the odds it's a hyperplastic polyp? Should I be concerned?

Wait for pathology : Your Gastroenterologist will have sent the polyp to a pathologist for study. I'm sure his office will call you to let you know the results. (S)he will advise you what to do next. ...Read more

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Are uterine and cervical polyps always removed and biopsied during d&c's?

Are uterine and cervical polyps always removed and biopsied during d&c's?

Usually: The purpose of a d;c is to sample the lining of the uterus. It is possible that a polyp could be sampled during the d;c but not removed. Likewise for a cervical polyp. A hysteroscopy may be necessary to completely remove a polyp. Whatever tissue is retrieved, is is almost always sent to the pathologist for microscopic evaluation. ...Read more

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Are colonic polyps common in children?

Are colonic polyps common in children?

Yes/No: Adenomas which are dysplatic polyps that increase the risk for colorectal cancer are not commonly found in children. However wit peutz-jeghers syndrome and juvenile polyposis, children may have colon polyps with cancer risks. Isolated juvenile polyps (hamartomas) of the colon are common (occurring in 1 to 2 percent of children), usually solitary, and are no risk for cancer. ...Read more

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Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more


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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more