Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
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- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
- Cramping pain in the stomach
- Weight loss
- DNA analysis to determine if you have the defective gene
- Biopsy to see if polyps are cancerous
- Eye exam to look for lesions in the retina
- An exam of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine
- An exam of the rectum and colon
- Colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis (IRA) —Removal of the colon except for a small section above the rectum. The last part of the small intestine is connected to the remaining part of the colon, preserving bowel function.
- Restorative proctocolectomy (pouch) —Removal of the colon and rectum, leaving the anal canal. A pouch is created with the lower end of the small intestine. The pouch mimics the function of the rectum. The pouch is connected to the anal canal, preserving bowel function.
- Total proctocolectomy with permanent ileostomy —Removal of the colon, rectum, and anal canal. A permanent ileostomy is created. An ileostomy is a surgical opening through the wall of the abdomen. It is used as a path for waste material to leave the body. After an ileostomy, you will wear a special bag to collect body waste.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- COX-2 inhibitors
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/28/2014 -
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