Gut Instincts: A Clinician's Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases

Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH

Chapter 25: Colon Polyps (continued)

Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH

Although most colorectal polyps do not have any clinical significance, if a patient has polyps removed during an endoscopic procedure, a trajectory is often set for more frequent surveillance. The detection of polyps has implications for resource utilization, patient anxiety about the potential for colorectal cancer (CRC), and a potential impact on the screening of family members. Although many hyperplastic polyps have a characteristic appearance endoscopically, most endoscopists do not take chances and they take a “leave no polyp behind” approach. Ultimately, most colon cancers…
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