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?
Most juvenile polyps are benign, but they may turn malignant. Small number of polyps can be removed during endoscopy. Large number of polyps may result in a part of the stomach or intestine to be removed
DID YOU KNOW?
People with JPS are considered to be at an increased risk for colorectal, stomach, small intestine, and pancreatic cancers. The overall estimated cancer risk associated with JPS is 9% to 50%, but the risks for each specific type of cancer have not been determined.