Colonic Polyps Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Gregory H Enders, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are colonic polyps?

What are the signs and symptoms of colonic polyps?

What is the role of a stool occult blood test in the diagnosis of colonic polyps?

What is the role of flexible sigmoidoscopy in the diagnosis of colonic polyps?

What is the role of colonoscopy in the diagnosis of colonic polyps?

What is the role of capsule endoscopy in the diagnosis of colonic polyps?

What is the role of stool deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test in the diagnosis of colonic polyps?

What is the role of polypectomy in the treatment of colonic polyps?

What is the role of colonic resection in the treatment of colonic polyps?

What are colonic polyps?

What are colonic polyposis syndromes?

What is the pathophysiology of colonic polyps?

What are colonic hyperplastic polyps?

What are colonic adenomas?

Which disorder is associated with hamartomatous and inflammatory colonic polyps?

What causes colonic polyps?

What is the role of genetics to the etiology of colonic polyps?

What is the prevalence of colonic polyps in the US?

What is the global prevalence of colonic polyps?

Which patient groups are at highest risk for colonic polyps?

What is the prognosis of colonic polyps?

What is the morbidity and mortality associated with colonic polyps?

What are the possible complications of colonic polyps?

What should be included in patient education about colonic polyps?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of colonic polyps?

Which physical findings are characteristic of colonic polyps?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of colonic polyps?

What are the differential diagnoses for Colonic Polyps?

Workup

What is the role of lab studies in the workup of colonic polyps?

What is the role of air contrast barium enema in the workup of colonic polyps?

What is the role of virtual colonoscopy in the workup of colonic polyps?

How is bowel cleansing performed for the workup of colonic polyps?

What is the role of colonoscopy in the workup of colonic polyps?

What is the role of flexible sigmoidoscopy in the workup of colonic polyps?

What is the role of capsule endoscopy in the workup of colonic polyps?

What is the role of stool DNA studies in the workup of colonic polyps?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of colonic polyps?

Treatment

What is the role of NSAIDs in the treatment of colonic polyps?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with colonic polyps?

Which diet and activity modification are used during the treatment of colonic polyps?

What is the role of polypectomy for the treatment of colonic polyps?

What is the role of surgical resection in the treatment of colonic polyps?

How are colonic polyps prevented?

What is included in long-term monitoring of colonic polyps?

Guidelines

Which organization have issued screening and surveillance treatment guidelines for colonic polyps?

What are the MSTF screening guidelines for colorectal cancer?

What are the treatment guidelines for colonic polyps in individuals with high-risk family histories?

What are the MSTG guidelines for surveillance after colorectal cancer resection?

What are MSTF guidelines for colonoscopy surveillance after screening and polypectomy of colonic polyps?

What are the MSTF guidelines for polyp surveillance after first surveillance colonoscopy?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of colonic polyps?