Colon Polyps

Below you will find more information about Colon Polyps from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Colon Polyps it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Colon Polyps and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Colon Polyps comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Colon polyps is a clump of cells on the colon lining.

Diagnosis

Doctors conduct screening methods such as digital rectal exam, fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, colonoscopy, genetic testing, pill camera, and new technologies such as virtual colonoscopy. Theses tests have a key role in detecting polyps before they become cancerous. Note however, that each test has its own benefits and risks.

Treatment

A pathologist microscopically examines a polyp to determine whether it is cancerous. The polyps are usually discovered and removed during a stool examination. Most polyps are removed during colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy while small polyps are cauterized or burned using an electrical current.

Symptoms and Signs

Colon polyps usually do not cause problems so experts only recommend regular screening. Sometimes however, the condition shows signs and symptoms such as rectal bleeding, a change in bowel habits, and abdominal pain.

Causes

Polyps result from abnormal cell growth.

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