Gastric Polyps

What are gastric polyps?

Gastric polyps (or stomach polyps) are clumps of cells that form on the inside of your stomach lining. They’re rare, and they don’t often create symptoms, but some types can put you at greater risk to develop stomach cancer.

Causes of gastric polyps

Gastric polyps generally result from gastritis (chronic stomach inflammation), familial adenomatous polyposis (an inherited condition in which adenomas develop on your large intestine) and regular use of protein-pump inhibitors (a kind of antacid).

Symptoms of gastric polyps

If you have stomach polyps, you most likely won’t show any symptoms. Usually, your doctor will find them while performing a routine exam or looking at another potential issue in your stomach. If, however, your gastric polyps are symptomatic, the signs are:

  • Pain or tenderness when you press your abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Blood in your stool
  • Anemia

Treatments

Treatment of gastric polyps

Many gastric polyps, particularly small ones, can go untreated without affecting your health. Large polyps may need to be removed.

Size isn’t the only criteria your physician considers when deciding whether to remove your polyps. Cancer risk is a factor, too. Some polyps, called adenomas, are more likely to cause stomach cancer, and they usually must be removed. If you have familial adenomatous polyposis, your polyps will most likely need to be removed.

Removal generally occurs during an endoscopy. After removal, your physician will likely do follow-up endoscopies.

Most stomach polyps don't become cancerous. But certain types can increase your risk of stomach cancer in the future. Depending on the type of stomach polyp you have, treatment might involve removing the polyp or monitoring it for changes.

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