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Is it unusual for children under the age of 5 to have colon polyps?
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Possibly
Some children under the age of 18 will have hamartomas which are not true polyps, however they can cause obstruction, prolapse and bleeding.
If there is a familial polyposis syndrome polyps may be found in teenagers.

In brief: Possibly
Some children under the age of 18 will have hamartomas which are not true polyps, however they can cause obstruction, prolapse and bleeding.
If there is a familial polyposis syndrome polyps may be found in teenagers.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Occasionally seen
Nationwide children's hospital's website says colon polyps occur in 1-2% of children.
More than 95% of the polyps in children are hamartomas, or juvenile polyps. These are typically found in 2 to 6 year old children but can be found in younger and older children up to about 10 years of age. Most juvenile polyps in children are single hamartomas and have a very low risk of long-term problems.

In brief: Occasionally seen
Nationwide children's hospital's website says colon polyps occur in 1-2% of children.
More than 95% of the polyps in children are hamartomas, or juvenile polyps. These are typically found in 2 to 6 year old children but can be found in younger and older children up to about 10 years of age. Most juvenile polyps in children are single hamartomas and have a very low risk of long-term problems.
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