Colon polyps


Polyps are small growths of tissue found in the colon (large intestine) and other organs

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What are colon polyps?

Colon polyps or duodenal polyps are small growths of tissue found in the colon (large intestine). Colon polyps are usually harmless and often get better on their own. In other cases, they can develop into colon cancer, which can be fatal.

Need to know

Colon polyps don't often cause symptoms. If they do, these might include:

  • tummy pain
  • rectal bleeding
  • change in faeces colour
  • change in bowel habits

In other cases, colon polyps often show up during a colonoscopy or bowel examination. Colon polyps found early can be removed safely and completely. So it's important to have regular colon screenings.

Your consultant gastroenterologist will most likely recommend certain tests to find out if you have a colon polyp(s). These might include:

  • Colonoscopy. A test to look inside your colon using a flexible tube with a camera on the end. If a polyp is found, it can be removed immediately.
  • Virtual colonoscopy. A CT scan to view your colon. If a polyp is found, a colonoscopy can be carried out to remove it.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy. A rectal test to look inside your colon using a sigmoidoscope.

If a polyp is found, it can be removed by passing a thin hooking instrument down the sigmoidoscope.

In most cases, if colon polyps are found, they can be removed during your diagnostic screening. In some cases, a sample of the polyp may be sent away to test it for cancer. Your consultant gastroenterologist will discuss the results of this test at a later date. If you require further treatment, your consultant will explain this to you.

Our Colon polyps locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.