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 the same can be done around birth or prior to birth with genetic testings. In the later stages, stool examination, screening like ultrasound and other similar procedures are used for checking these polyps growth.
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?
Patients affected with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis may develop benign polyps along the colon as early as their teenage