Doctor insights on: Colon polyps

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
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Colon Polyps (Overview)

Occurs when there is a growth on the lining of the colon (large intestine). Most polyps aren't serious, but some are cancerous and some can become cancerous. They are a common finding on colonoscopy, and are frequently biopsied (removed) during colonoscopy to rule out cancer.


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Does everyone show colon polyps symptoms?

Does everyone show colon polyps symptoms?

NO they don't: Most people with colon polyps have no symptoms! That's why it is so important for people to get screened when appropriate. Generally when you are 50, and maybe sooner if there is a family history of colon polyps. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
148 Doctors shared insights

Colon Polyps (Overview)

Occurs when there is a growth on the lining of the colon (large intestine). Most polyps aren't serious, but some are cancerous and some can become cancerous. They are a common finding on colonoscopy, and are frequently biopsied (removed) during colonoscopy to rule out cancer.


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Are there symptoms of colon polyps?

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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I have blood in my underwear, is this a sign of colonic polyps?

I have blood in my underwear, is this a sign of colonic polyps?

Could be: There are many reasons for blood in your underwear (you don't say if you are male or female - i'll address only the colorectal causes in this answer, but blood can come from the vagina, bladder, or penis, as well). Bleeding from the anus or rectum can come from anal fissures, hemorrhoids, or irritation, but may be a symptom of polyps or cancer. Get it checked! ...Read more

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A barium enema does not sound fun, but it is effective to diagnose colon polyps?

Yes: Barium enemas while not as good as colonoscopy are fairly good at detecting right sided colon polyps and colon cancers. Unfortunately, barium enema is not as good at looking at sigmoid colon polyps as colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What are the tests for colonic polyps?

What are the tests for colonic polyps?

Colonoscopy is best: Colonoscopy is the best test to detect and remove colon polyps. It examines the entire colon. A sigmoidoscopy examines the last 1/3 of the colon and if polyps are found a colonoscopy is recommended. Ct colography and barium enema are radiologic tests to evaluate for colon polyps but these are less sensitive and, if polyps are found, you still need a colonoscopy for polyp removal. ...Read more

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Colon polyps sent for a biopsy. How long till I know?

Few days: Days to get results. Once the lab gets the specimen, the polyp has to be processed the next day the polyp is cut very thin, and stained and put on a slide. ...Read more

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Can an overdose of ionized radiation in one year cause colon polyps more than 20 years later?

Can an overdose of ionized radiation in one year cause colon polyps more than 20 years later?

No: Overdose of radiation can cause all kinds of problem that are very serious but polyps is not one of them. Polyps however are very common and there are even genetic predisposition to them such as familial polyposis syndrome. Colonoscopy has become a standard of care and when polyps are encountered they are removed and more frequent colonoscopy performed. ...Read more

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Does multiple skin lipoma mean colon polyps too?

Not linked: No evidence that the two syndromes are linked in any way. ...Read more

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When are the colon polyps considered dangerous? What can be done in treating a large polyp, just surgery?

Adenomas: During colonoscopy, one cannot tell whether a polyp is benign, pre-cancerous (adenomas) or malignant - so polyps are removed for pathology. When small, polyps are removed as a whole. In larger polyps, these can be challenging to remove, pieces are often taken and if cancerous, then surgery is required. In some cases, endoscopic submucosal dissection, an advanced technique can be attempted. ...Read more

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And what is the best treatment for colon polyp?

Removal: Colon polyps are precancerous...So they must be removed which can be done easily through a procedure called colonoscopy and polypectomy. ...Read more

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What factors should drive treatment choices to address adenomatous colon polyps?

What factors should drive treatment choices to address adenomatous colon polyps?

Size, pathology: All adenomatous polyps should be removed. If they are too large to remove endoscopically, then surgery is usually warranted. If the polyp is removed completed on colonoscopy, but has a suspicious or worrisome pathology, then surgery is sometimes required to complete the resection. However, if the pathology is benign, then usually no further treatment is needed. ...Read more

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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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Do lower, squat-style toilets reduce the risk of developing colon polyps?

Do lower, squat-style toilets reduce the risk of developing colon polyps?

No: I have never heard of this idea before and prolonged squatting may increase blood flow to the hemorrhoids causing more swelling and prolapse. ...Read more

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How many people have colon polyps and never colon cancer?

How many people have colon polyps and never colon cancer?

Lots!: People have a 20-30% lifetime risk of growing a colon polyp! many never turn to cancer, and frequent checks should prevent most from turning to cancer by getting them out before they change, thus the recommendation for more frequent colonoscopies in those who have grown polyps before. Studies have clearly shown, colonoscopies prevent colon cancer! ...Read more

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Do colon polyps hurt?

No: Most colon polyps are painless unless they are so big they cause constipation. Also large colon polyps can transform to colon cancer. ...Read more

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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

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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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Colon polyps is 8mm size bad??

Colon polyps is 8mm size bad??

No, not so bad: This is a small polyp. I hope this has been sent to Pathologist for a microscopic examination.
Why did you have the colonoscopy done at this time?? (it is usually done for some reason or for Cancer screening (but after age of 50 years). ...Read more

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How fast do colon polyps grow?

How fast do colon polyps grow?

Varies: But tend to grow slowly & that is why colonoscopy surveillance is recommended every 5 years with risks or every 10 years if no colon cancer risk factors. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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


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