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What are the tests for colonic polyps?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is used to detect polyps and remove them. Virtual colonosocpy, barium enema xray can only detect them and you will need a colonosocpy to remove them. Once removed thay are analyzed by pathology to determine the type of polyps and to make recommendation for follow up colonosocpy to detect new growth of polyps.

In brief: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is used to detect polyps and remove them. Virtual colonosocpy, barium enema xray can only detect them and you will need a colonosocpy to remove them. Once removed thay are analyzed by pathology to determine the type of polyps and to make recommendation for follow up colonosocpy to detect new growth of polyps.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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