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 are small clusters of cells that form on the colon lining. Even though this condition is not harmful it can also develop as cancer over a period of time.

Diagnosis

Digital rectal exam Fecal occult blood test - to check sample of blood in the stool Flexible sigmoidoscopy - to examine rectum and sigmoid Barium enema - to evaluate the whole large intestine with the use of X-ray barium Colonoscopy - most responsive test for colorectal cancer and colorectal polyps Genetic testing Pill camera New technologies like CT colonography

Treatment

Removal of polyps seen during bowel examination Surgical removal of polyps - if polyps are too large

Symptoms and Signs

Rectal bleeding Blood in the stool Constipation or diarrhea Pain or obstruction of bowel

Causes

Genes that re responsible in the growing and dividing of healthy cells mutate it continues dividing even if new cells are not needed.

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