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FAMILIAL ADENOMATOUS POLYPOSIS
A rare inherited condition, the Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, is presence of extra tissues or polyps in the gastrointestinal tract, large intestine or the rectum. If left untreated, these polyps may turn cancerous as the person reaches his 40s. Some of the common symptoms of the condition include bleeding in the stools, diarrhoea or constipation that lasts over six weeks, abdominal pain and sudden and unaccounted weight loss.
HOW IS FAMILIAL ADENOMATOUS POLYPOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis is done by evaluating the symptoms. Genetic testing is the most commonly followed testing method. Gastroenterologists may order for a CT scan or a colonoscopy for detecting the presence of polyps. Upper endoscopy may also be done for diagnosing the disease. Regular scan and tests are recommended in patients having a family history of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
HOW IS FAMILIAL ADENOMATOUS POLYPOSIS TREATED?
Treatment is decided depending on if or not the rectum is involved in the polyps. Surgical procedures are the best way to get rid of the same. There are some medications give to flush these out naturally if the polyps are small in size. Beyond this, Prophylactic colectomy is the most common treatment for this problem.
DID YOU KNOW?
Patients affected with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis may develop benign polyps along the colon as early as their teenage