Stomach polyps are masses of cells that form on the inside lining of your stomach. Stomach polyps, also called gastric polyps, are rare.
Stomach polyps typically don't cause any signs or symptoms. Stomach polyps are most often discovered by accident, such as when your doctor is examining you for some other reason.
If your doctor discovers you have stomach polyps, treatment advice is determined by the type of stomach polyps you have. Most stomach polyps don't become cancerous, but certain types may increase your risk of stomach cancer in the future. For this reason, some stomach polyps are removed and others may not require treatment.
Stomach and pyloric valve
Your stomach is a muscular sac about the size of a small melon that expands when you eat or drink to hold as much as a gallon of food or liquid. Once your stomach pulverizes the food, strong muscular ...
Stomach polyps usually don't cause symptoms. However, as a stomach polyp enlarges, ulcers may develop on its surface, or rarely, the polyp may block the opening between your stomach and your small intestine.
If you have stomach polyps, you may experience:
When to see a doctor
Stomach polyps form in response to inflammation or other damage to the lining of the stomach.
Types of stomach polyps
Factors that increase your chances of developing stomach polyps are:
Preparing for your appointment
Start by seeing your family doctor if you have stomach problems that worry you. If your doctor suspects you may have stomach polyps or another stomach problem, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in conditions that affect the digestive system (gastroenterologist).
Because appointment time is limited, and because there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to be well prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready, and what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions can help make the most of your time together. List your questions from most important to least important in case time runs out. For stomach polyps, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
In addition to the questions that you've prepared, don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment at any time you don't understand something.
What to expect from your doctor
Tests and diagnosis
Tests and procedures used to diagnose stomach polyps include:
Treatments and drugs
Treatment may not be necessary
Removing adenomas and large stomach polyps
Stopping H. pylori infection to treat and prevent polyps
Last Updated: 2010-07-31
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