Top
30
Doctor insights on: Polyps Found On Colonoscopy What Does That Mean

Share
Dr. Charles Cattano
2,044 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
If you had polyps last time you had a colonoscopy does than mean it's expected to continue the same.

If you had polyps last time you had a colonoscopy does than mean it's expected to continue the same.

There are higher odd: Some people are more prone to form polyps. So if you have had the polyps removed before, you are considered higher risk for more polyps and advised to undergo colonoscopy in 5 years, as opposed to 10 years for someone who did not have any polyps in their first colonoscopy. ...Read more

3

3
I had a colonoscopy today (my second one within 3 years). My dr removed 2 polyps today, 1 very large the other small. What does this mean? Also how can

I had a colonoscopy today (my second one within 3 years). My dr removed 2 polyps today, 1 very large the other small. What does this mean? Also how can

Colonoscopy/Polyps: If you had a colonoscopy on the day of this question posted and you had 2 polyps, you should wait till seeing your GI doctor for the pathology of the polyps. He will also discuss with you regarding next surveillance colonoscopy and likely the pathology of your polyps (benign or cancerous). ...Read more

4

4
Colonoscopy showed no polyps but an erythematous area was found and it was biopsied. What could that mean?

Colonoscopy showed no polyps but an erythematous area was found and it was biopsied. What could that mean?

IBS has no findings: Typically, inflammation anywhere is associated with erythema. While it is more diagnostic of acute or chronic inflammation in the stomach or esophagus, erythema in the colon could mean nonspecific inflammation. The biopsy will determine if this is something more serious such as Crohn's disease. IBS has no abnormalities on colonoscopy. ...Read more

5

5
I have recently had a colonoscopy and there weren't any biopsies or polyps taken. I haven't received any info yet. What could this mean?

No news...: ...Is usually good news, but I would call the doctors office to verify there wasn't a miscommunication problem and request a copy of the report or a follow-up appointment with your md to review the results and plans for follow-up. ...Read more

6

6
Adenomatous polyp with atypia means.? Just got report from colonoscopy report. No need to worry? Let me knw sir

Adenomatous polyp with atypia means.? Just got report from colonoscopy report. No need to worry? Let me knw sir

There are some: Missing pieces of information that may be helpful. Size and location of polyp? Tubular or villous (a specific type of growth pattern the pathologist notes). Atypia designates that there may have been some dysplasia, a pre-cancerous type of change. As long as the polyp has been completely removed, no need to worry now. Colonoscopy should be repeated in future based on factors above. Good wishes:) ...Read more

7

7
I had an endo & colonoscopy. The nurse called last wk & adv that the results showed the polyp removed was precancerous but benign;what does this mean?

I had an endo & colonoscopy. The nurse called last wk & adv that the results showed the polyp removed was precancerous but benign;what does this mean?

Adenomatous polyp: You most likely had an adenomatous polyp. These polyps are the most common type of polyp we find in the colon, occurring in roughly 20-30% of patients. Over a long time (10 years), these polyps can possibly turn into cancer, so we call them "pre-cancerous". However we also often call them "benign" as they are 1) very common 2) we remove them, and 3) technically they are not cancer yet. ...Read more

8

8
My wife had a colonoscopy and they found a 3cm sessile polyp in the transverse colon @ 60 cm. The polyp was removed in a piece meal fashion. What does that mean?

My wife had a colonoscopy and they found a 3cm sessile polyp in the transverse colon @ 60 cm. The polyp was removed in a piece meal fashion. What does that mean?

Polypectomy: The gastoenterologist typically uses a hooped metal device to remove the polyp. Sometimes the poly is big enough that they need to cut it in half to get to the base. ...Read more

9

9
Colonoscopy showed adenocarcinoma in situ from the 1.3 cm polyp that was removed, What does that mean? Do I have cancer? What should I do next?

Colonoscopy showed adenocarcinoma in situ from the 1.3 cm polyp that was removed, What does that mean? Do I have cancer? What should I do next?

Your doctor can help: The doctor who did your colonoscopy is supposed to see you after the polyp biopsy report has reached him. He/she can explain what you need to do now and in future. You have beginning of a cancer which has been removed right now. But follow up Colonoscopy should be done at the recommended intervals (at least every 5 years) to look for new polyps which are likely to develop /can lead to new cancer. ...Read more

10

10
I have lynch syndrome and have a colonoscopy every year, I am 47 y/o. I had 4 polyps removed today and 1 was 5mm. Is it possible that it could be cancerous, and I have a prominent fold in my cecum, what does that mean could it be cancer? It was biopsied as

I have lynch syndrome and have a colonoscopy every year, I am 47 y/o. I had 4 polyps removed today and 1 was 5mm. Is it possible that it could be cancerous, and I have a prominent fold in my cecum, what does that mean could it be cancer? It was biopsied as

Anatomy discreption: An anatomical description no it does not mean cancer, result of biposy is the answer, lynch syn is heriditory nonolyposis colorectal cancer (hnpcc) will not see true polyps vs familial adenomatous polyposis (fap) where you see true polyps. Good luck for biopsy report. ...Read more

11

11
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

12

12
If when taking a colonoscopy and they see polyps do they remove them and when they remove them and something is found what medicine do they use?

Yes: Polyps are removed with instruments passed through a channel in the scope. Instruments are used to cut the polyp and extract it. Very rarely (if polyp large and/or flat) there is a need to inject the polyp prior to removing it, and the most common injected medicine would be epinephrine and normal saline. ...Read more

14

14
How common is it to find 36 polyps in a colonoscopy? None were found to be cancerous.

How common is it to find 36 polyps in a colonoscopy? None were found to be cancerous.

Polyposis: Hi, Thank you for your question.

That is a high number but usually polypsosis syndromes have 100's of polyps.
If everything is okay you may just need an earlier follow up.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
Dr. M ...Read more

15

15
Colonoscopy found 2 polyps. One removed completely. Other one portion removed. Both came back benign. Can the other portion not removed be miligant?

Technically yes: Technically it could, but one can estimate those chances by looking in more detail of your pathology report. If they both came back benign, that risk is extremely low. Ask your gastroenterologist for more details. ...Read more

17

17
Are all polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Are all polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Yes: We remove polyps because they can become cancerour. ...Read more

18

18
Is it serious to have 5 polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Depends: It depends on the type of polyps. Be sure to follow up and find out what the pathology report said. Tubular adenoma is a pre-cancerous polyp and would indicate a righer risk for developing colon cancer. Follow up as directed by the doctor. ...Read more

19

19
I had a colonoscopy and they removed 5 polyps. What is the average amount that is removed and is 5 a lot?

5 is a lot: 5 polyps found at colonoscopy is a lot but not uncommon. Most important is the type of polyp. Hyperplastic polyps are not malignant and are not the concern that we associate with adenomatous polyps which can be premalignant. Most worrisome are adenomatous polyps with atypia which should be aggressively removed. Many invasive cancers start as a benign polyp and can be prevented by polypectomy! ...Read more

20

20
A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

Possible: 1 cm is not considered very small, current practice of endoscopic screening, will be picked up much smaller than 1 cm, yes could be done with out sedation, but you will be very uncomfortable, and no reason to suffer, follow the advice of your doctor, a relatively low risk procedure ...Read more

21

21
Had a total clean colonoscopy at 45, no polyps. At age 50, now am I still ok, or should I consider another one now. Thanks?

10 years: Current guidelines recommend a repeat colonoscopy in 10 years assuming there is no family history of colon cancer or high risk polyps. ...Read more

22

22
I had a clean colonoscopy at age 45. No polyps etc. Just turned 50 and wondering if I should do it now, or is it ok to wait. Thanks in advance, ?

I had a clean colonoscopy at age 45. No polyps etc. Just turned 50 and wondering if I should do it now, or is it ok to wait. Thanks in advance, ?

Maybe: First question is do you have any symptoms to suggest colon disease. Change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss most commonly. If not, next question is family history. Any one in your first degree family have colon cancer or polyps? If yes then have one at 5 years, if no then recommendations are to wait 10 years, again, if no symptoms. ...Read more

23

23
Had a colonoscopy yesterday, removed four polyps, one of which had to be clip, how long dose the clip stay in? Also not feeling 100% lot of rectal press.

Clip will pass: The clip on the stalk of a polyp will fall off after a few weeks. It will likely pass without you knowing about it. The rectal pressure after colonoscopy is due to irritation of the rectal canal from manipulating the colonoscope during the procedure. It should resolve within a day or two after the procedure. ...Read more

24

24
I will have a colonoscopy dr found 2 polyps in simgdoscopy do all polyps are cancer? Do they grow back after they are removed?

I will have a colonoscopy dr found 2 polyps in simgdoscopy do all polyps are cancer? Do they grow back after they are removed?

Relax: Great majority of polyps are not cancer. Usually takes several years to develop cancer. Polyps>1 cm in size are most noteworthy. Most important colonoscopy is your first- to find polyps that developed over the decades. Should get follow up exams. Frequency depends on polyp number, size, type, family history. Discuss w/ md. Colonoscopy made headway in fight against cancer. Talk about diet, activity. ...Read more

26

26
Precancerous polyps were found in my intestines in December then a large 15 mm one in was found inJuly, When should I have another colonoscopy?

Precancerous polyps were found in my intestines in December then a large 15 mm one in was found inJuly, When should I have another colonoscopy?

More frequently: Than normal people who do not have polyps. You already know polyps are precancerous, You need to be watched closely. Your doctor will advise you when will be the next one, based on histology, Speak to your doctor if you need in 6 months or a year later. ...Read more

27

27
I am 18 with long line of cancer in my family, had a colonoscopy today and six polyps were found. The biggest was 15mm, is it most likely cancer?

I am 18 with long line of cancer in my family, had a colonoscopy today and six polyps were found. The biggest was 15mm, is it most likely cancer?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that it is cancer, but ask your primary are provider if genetic testing is appropriate. Familial polyposis is a condition where preventative colon resection is sometimes contemplated. Better to get all the info now, so you can make more informed decisions. Wait for the report, and don't worry - it won't change anything. Hope this helps! ...Read more

28

28
Colon cance free for 10 years six yrs ago the colonoscopy found some polyps that were ok Friday having exam do I have a greater chance for polyps?

Colon cance free for 10 years six yrs ago the colonoscopy found some polyps that were ok Friday having exam do I have a greater chance for polyps?

Slightly higher: From the time a polyp forms until becoming cancer usually takes 10 years. As long as you keep having colonoscopy by a thorough physician (ADR above 20) you should never get colon cancer. ...Read more

29

29
I had a sigmdoscopy dr said he found 2 polyps and recommend colonoscopy for removal how long should I wait most for colonoscopy? Could become cancer?

Immediately: A sigmoidoscopy only checks the distal third (sigmoid) portion of the colon and colon cancer can occur anywhere in the colon. Since you had polyps, they may need to be biopsied if they were not. Since your dr. Told you to get a full colonoscopy, especially with your hx of polyps, and not to mention the need to check your whole colon, then get it done. Best wishes. ...Read more

30

30
Is it necessary to get a colonoscopy every 3 yrs as my doc recs? He found polyps and says yes. But it's expensive and invasive. Is there cheaper way?

No cheaper way: Colonoscopy is the best way to screen for colon cancer. How often you repeat a colonoscopy depends on the number of polyps and type. Every three years is within the recommended range. Seems like your doctor is well informed. We all hope that there was another way to do this but unfortunately there is not. ...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