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Intestinal Polyposis Overview

Another name for Intestinal Polyposis is Gardner's Syndrome.

What is Gardner's syndrome?
A person with Gardner's syndrome has a rare, inherited illness that causes polyps to form in the colon. The colon polyps become cancerous if they are not removed. Gardner's syndrome can also cause tumors of the skin and bones.

What are the symptoms of Gardner's syndrome?
Signs and symptoms of Gardner's syndrome may include skin tumors, skin cysts, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, blood in the stool, anemia, weight loss, constipation, diarrhea, and a change in bowel habits.

How does the doctor treat Gardner's syndrome?
Treatment for Gardner's syndrome may include surgery to remove a portion of the colon and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Intestinal Polyposis References
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