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Childhood Polyposis Overview

Another name for Childhood Polyposis is Juvenile Polyposis.

What is juvenile polyposis?
A person with juvenile polyposis has more than five polyps in the large intestine. As the name implies, juvenile polyposis is more common in childhood. Intestinal polyps are benign growths that project from the inner lining of the intestine. In juvenile polyposis, polyps may be present in the stomach, small intestine, or large intestine.

What are the symptoms of juvenile polyposis?
There may be no symptoms at all of juvenile polyposis. Some may complain of rectal bleeding, blood in stools, diarrhea, cramping abdominal pain, weakness or fatigue, pale skin, and palpitations.

How does the doctor treat juvenile polyposis?
Patients with juvenile polyposis need to be followed closely with upper GI endoscopy as well as lower GI endoscopy. Examinations are usually performed every 2-3 years if no polyps are detected. Polyps are removed through the endoscope because of their potential to turn into colon cancer.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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