Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is a rare, inherited condition that causes extra tissue (polyps) to form in your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Colonic or large bowel polyps are the most common, increasing in frequency with age. Colonic polyps are mostly seen in numbers of more than ten after the age of 60.
HOW IS FAMILIAL ADENOMATOUS POLYPOSIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis for Familial Adenomatous Polyposis basically involves detecting the polyps and Colonoscopy is the accepted method of diagnosis of the disease. If there is known family history then genetic testing can be advised by the specialist. This is a condition to be referred to the Gastroenterology section in a clinic or hospital and that is where the appropriate treatment can be received.
HOW IS FAMILIAL ADENOMATOUS POLYPOSIS TREATED?
Treatment of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis depends on the genotype. Surgical treatment involves removal of the rectum and part of the colon. If the rectum is not affected, then partial of complete colectomy is performed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Individuals suffering this are prone to colon cancer.