Colorectal Polyps in Dallas, TX

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What are colorectal polyps?

Colorectal polyps, occasionally called colon polyps, are a common-place medical condition affecting many individuals in Dallas, TX. The label “colorectal” refers to the colon and the rectum. Many health conditions that impact the colon tend to affect the rectum, which is the reason they are often referenced together. A colon polyp is a polyp that presents in either the colon or the rectum. A colon polyp is a mass consisting of a grouping of cells on the lining of your colon or rectum.

Polyps alone are commonly harmless and often don't cause symptoms; however, colorectal polyps should be addressed since they can, over time, grow to be cancerous. To confirm a suspicion of colorectal polyps, schedule at a Digestive Health Associates of Texas location in your community.

What are the causes of colon polyps?

Colon polyps are formed when cells divide or grow more than what is typical. The medical community remains without proof as to why this is the case, however, there are connections and risk factors that are associated with people who present with colorectal polyps.

Some of the risk factors for colon polyps are:

  • High fat, low fiber diet (known as the "Common Western Diet")
  • Smoking
  • Having a personal or family history of colorectal polyps
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Genetic predisposition
  • High consumption of alcohol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Crohn's disease
  • Being over 45 years of age
  • Being overweight

Inherited genetic conditions can raise an individual's risk of having colorectal polyps. Those conditions may include but are not limited to:

  • MYH-associated polyposis (MAP)
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Serrated polyposis syndrome
  • Gardner’s syndrome
  • Lynch syndrome
  • Peutz-Jeghers syndrome

What are the symptoms of colorectal polyps?

Frequently, cases of colon or rectal polyps are not manifested as symptoms. If you are experiencing any symptoms, some of the most common symptoms of colon polyps include:

  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Bloody stool
  • Diarrhea (lasting in excess of seven days)
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain

If you are experiencing any combination of the listed symptoms, are age 45 or above, or have a family history of colon cancer or colorectal polyps, please get in touch with Digestive Health Associates of Texas for more information about the importance of routine colon cancer screenings.

What does it mean if a physician identifies polyps during a colonoscopy?

It is not unusual to identify polyps during a colonoscopy, and most commonly, polyps are not cancerous (benign). Polyps identified while undergoing a colonoscopy will often be extracted and assessed for indications of cancer. If your colon polyps are determined to be non-malignant, then your doctor may advise routine colorectal cancer screenings in the future. If your polyp is determined to be malignant (cancerous), you and your GI specialist at Digestive Health Associates of Texas will make a plan with the appropriate next steps.

The main way to treat colorectal polyps is by removing them. During a colonoscopy (or flexible sigmoidoscopy), polyps in your colon and rectum can be excised in a procedure referred to as a polypectomy. In extreme cases, part of or the entirety of your colon or rectum may require removal. Our team will guide you through the steps leading up to and following your colonoscopy with great care!

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Get treatment for colon or rectal polyps

Colon polyps can be detected, excised, and tested for cancer at a routine colonoscopy in Dallas, TX. As a physician-led team of gastroenterology specialists, Digestive Health Associates of Texas strives to provide a patient-focused experience. To discover more about colon polyps and how they may be detected and excised, we recommend that you get in touch with our gastroenterology practice today.

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