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Digestive Disorders

Stomach Nodules and Colon Polyp

02/08/2008

Question:

After having an endoscopy and colonoscopy performed, I was informed that I had one polyp 18 cm inside my colon measuring .5 cm and three small pale nodules in my stomach. Are the polyp and nodules caused by the same problem? What causes nodules in the stomach? How common are they? What is the likelihood of developing other nodules? What are the chances of them being cancer?

Answer:

In order to answer your question, I'd need to know what the pathology of the polyps and nodules were. After they are removed by endoscopy, the specimens are sent to the laboratory and examined by a pathologist who will determine if they are polyps or nodules that can eventually develop into cancer or not.

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Response by:

Julia Gore Thornton, MD Julia Gore Thornton, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University