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 usually don't cause any signs or symptoms. The polyps are most often discovered when your doctor is examining you for some other reason.
Most stomach polyps don't become cancerous, but certain types can increase your risk of stomach cancer in the future. For this reason, some stomach polyps are removed and others are not treated.
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 signs or symptoms. But as a stomach polyp enlarges, open sores (ulcers) may develop on its surface. In rare occurrences, the polyp blocks 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 swelling (inflammation) or other damage to the lining of the stomach. The most common types of stomach polyps are:
Factors that increase your chances of developing stomach polyps include:
Preparing for your appointment
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
Questions to ask your doctor
Don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment.What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions about your symptoms, such as:
Tests and diagnosis
Tests and procedures used to diagnose stomach polyps include:
Treatments and drugs
Treatment depends on the type of stomach polyps you have:
Treating H. pylori infection
Last Updated: 2012-10-17
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