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Colorectal polyps

  • Alternative Names

    Intestinal polyps; Polyps - colorectal; Adenomatous polyps; Hyperplastic polyps; Villous adenomas


    Treatment

    Because colorectal polyps can develop into cancer, they should be removed. In most cases, the polyps may be removed while a colonoscopy is being performed.

    For patients with adenomatous polyps, new polyps can appear in the future. Follow-up colonoscopy is usually recommended 1 to 10 years later, depending on the:

    • Patient's age and general health
    • Number of polyps
    • Size and characteristics of the polyps

    Rarely, for polyps that are very likely to become cancerous, the health care provider may recommend a colectomy (removing part of the colon).


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outlook for patients with colorectal polyps is excellent if the polyps are removed. Polyps that are left behind can develop into cancer over time.


    Complications

    Polyps can cause bleeding, and over time, can develop into cancers.


    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you have

    • Blood during a bowel movement
    • Change in bowel habits