Topics Discussed: gastroenterology and hepatology; intestinal neoplasms; intestinal polyps.
Sections: Non-Neoplastic Polyps, Neoplastic Polyposis Syndromes, Other Neoplasms of the Gastrointestinal Tract, References.
Excerpt:"An intestinal polyp is defined as a tissue mass that projects
from the wall of the bowel into the lumen. It can be broadly classified
into two main categories, neoplastic and non-neoplastic. Within
each category, there are multiple potential types of lesions, some
of which are associated with a syndrome including multiple polyps,
some of which may carry a risk of cancer, and others which are less
numerous and unlikely to cause future problems. The neoplastic polyps
typically have an abnormal epithelial component resulting from abnormal
proliferation. Non-neoplastic polyps can be either hamartomas, with
involvement of all three germ layers, or inflammatory in nature...."
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