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Doctor insights on: Colonoscopy Flat Polyps

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...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 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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Will colonic polyps turn into colon cancer?

Will colonic polyps turn into colon cancer?

It can happen: At the time of detection, most polyps are not cancerous. Hoever, over time polyps can develop pre-cancer changes in the cells which then become early cancer changes and finally fully developed cancer. It is best to strictly follow your gastroenterologists screenig schedules if you already have had polyps and get regular screeinig colonoscopies done. ...Read more

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Can KUB show polyps and/or colon cancer?

Can KUB show polyps and/or colon cancer?

Not usually: Polyps and Colin cancer are soft tissue conditions, and do do not typically show up on X-ray. The main exceptions to this are if they are calcified, if they are causing a bowel obstruction ( you can diagnose the obstruction but not the cancer), or if contrast is given in the GI tract first ( known as a upper or lower GI series). Ct scan is the radiologic test of choice, colonoscopy shows as wel ...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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Upper endo many sessile polyps3-6mm. Been on Prilosec yrs. Should I stop Prilosec? sessile polyps mean cancer?

Upper endo many sessile polyps3-6mm. Been on Prilosec yrs. Should I stop Prilosec? sessile polyps mean cancer?

Fundic gland polyps: these types of polyps in the fundus of the stomach are of no real concern. They do not increase the chances of cancer. They are not a reason to stop your Prilosec, if you need it. Your endoscopist will be able to follow up with you concerning them. Good luck. ...Read more

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My colonoscopy microscopic diagnosis: transverse colon polyp biopsy: polypoid colonic mucosa with mild nonspecific chronic inflamation...what is this?

My colonoscopy  microscopic diagnosis: transverse colon polyp biopsy: polypoid colonic mucosa with mild nonspecific chronic inflamation...what is this?

Nothing: non specific colon inflammation it could be anything but not cancer. there is no risk of cancer. your doctor can review your symptoms,and the result of the biopsy and reach the proper conclusion. nothing serious. ...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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Do colon polyps hurt?

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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Colonoscopy results-tubular adenoma colon polyp, diverticulosis&hemorrhoids. I was told prep not complete-should I repeat colonoscopy sooner than 3yr?

Colonoscopy results-tubular adenoma colon polyp, diverticulosis&hemorrhoids. I was told prep not complete-should I repeat colonoscopy sooner than 3yr?

Yes , incomplete: colonoscope is inadequate for complete diagnosis , first you should have repeat with good preparation , second as you already have have tubular adenoma , you need closer surveillance than those who did not have it.. . ...Read more

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Narrow stools, 4 CT over three years, sigmoidoscopy normal, diverticulosis seen on CT scan. Chance of colon cancer?? Currently pregnant

Narrow stools, 4 CT over three years,  sigmoidoscopy normal, diverticulosis seen on CT  scan. Chance of colon cancer?? Currently pregnant

Narrow stools: Narrow stools are not necessarily a sign of colon cancer and nay be seen with scarring of the colon from prior episodes of diverticulitis. A negative sigmoidoscopy is reassuring in making cancer unlikely but a gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more

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Can nasal polyps turn cancerous?

Can nasal polyps turn cancerous?

Rare: Inverting pappilomas, which can mimic polyps can turn to cancer. Inflammatory polyps do not tend to turn cancerous. ...Read more

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Narrow stools or pellety stools with mucus for 3 years, 4 Ct scans over time showed diverticulosis (notitis), sigmoidscopy (to 35cm) negative Cancer??

Narrow stools or pellety stools with mucus for 3 years, 4 Ct scans over time showed diverticulosis (notitis), sigmoidscopy (to 35cm) negative Cancer??

Not likely: Please try the following two issues: 1. Drink enough water each day so that your urine is colorless and watery. 2. Take a fiber laxative like Metamucil daily. Your symptoms may be due constipation and hydration may help. ...Read more

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Can you have colon cancer that causes flat stools two years after clean colonoscopy?

Can you have colon cancer that causes flat stools two years after clean colonoscopy?

CA 2 y postcolonsocp: Possible if they missed one before or if you have strong family Hx of colon cancer. Need more details. ...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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39y/o, had 2 polpys removed (sigmond & descending, villous adenoma w/high grade dysplasia). Will i get colon cancer even though 2 polyps were removed?

39y/o, had 2 polpys removed (sigmond & descending, villous adenoma w/high grade dysplasia). Will i get colon cancer even though 2 polyps were removed?

Not sure if: Family history or leeding led to your colonoscopy, but it showed its value. You are not predestined to get invasive cancer, but the findings warrant follow up to snip dangerous polyps before they invade, and gain access to nodes and blood steam. Your colonoscopist can tell you schedule for surveillance. ...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