What are colonic polyposis syndromes?

Updated: Jun 06, 2020
  • Author: Jaime Shalkow, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Cameron K Tebbi, MD  more...
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Colonic polyposis syndromes include the following:

  • Nonfamilial polyposis - Isolated juvenile polyps (inflammatory polyps)

  • Familial polyposis - Adenomas (FAP, Gardner syndrome, Turcot syndrome) and hamartomas (juvenile polyposis, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, Cowden disease, Cronkhite-Canada syndrome)

The lesions can be isolated to the intestine (eg, juvenile, lymphoid, familial adenomatous) or can involve other areas of the body (eg, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, Gardner syndrome, Turcot syndrome). Most polyps of the GI tract are benign and result from hamartomas of the mucosa or lymphoid hyperplasia of the submucosal layer. However, adenomatous polyps represent a genetic alteration in the mucosa and have substantial malignant potential.

For study purposes, only the hamartomatous lesions and other nonfamilial lesions are discussed in this section. FAP is presented in detail below, with other cancer-predisposing entities.

Polyps occur in 1% of preschool-aged and school-aged children and are the most frequent cause of rectal bleeding in toddlers and infants aged 2-5 years. Juvenile polyps are the most common (80%), followed by lymphoid polyps (15%). [6]

Isolated juvenile polyps (nonmalignant) involve no family history of juvenile polyposis and fewer than 5 polyps confined to the colon.

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