Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome is a disorder characterized by multiple non cancerous growth called juvenile polyps. While Polyps are abnormal growths arising from a mucous membrane, these usually appear before the age of 20. While Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome is a genetic disorder, few of the common symptoms of Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome include bleeding from the rectum, diarrhea, chronic weight loss and constipation.
HOW IS JUVENILE POLYPOSIS SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
The condition is diagnosed by examining the medical history and the family history of the person. The general physician may recommend a blood test to look for a mutation in a specific gene that is believed to hereditarily cause this condition. A complete blood count, colonoscopy and upper endoscopy are performed to check the extent of the spread.
HOW IS JUVENILE POLYPOSIS SYNDROME TREATED?
If there are few Polyps, these can be removed during the endoscopic exam, however, a severe case of Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome may require surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Siblings of individuals suffering from Juvenile polyposis syndrome are at a high risk of getting the same too and thus required to be screened regularly.