Jerome D. Waye, MD
Hyperplastic polyps are commonly seen in the rectum and sigmoid colon, and in the past their importance has been in differentiating them from adenomas. It is well accepted that, in the absence of a biopsy tissue diagnosis, an attempt to visually differentiate among an adenoma, a hyperplastic polyp, and a mucosal excrescence of normal tissue is frequently wrong. It is also well accepted that an adenoma in the colon carries a 50% chance of another adenoma elsewhere in the large bowel; however, the hyperplastic polyp has been considered so innocuous that a recent letter to the Editor (1) stated that
Waye JD. Hyperplastic Colon Polyps—Are They Markers?. Ann Intern Med. ;109:851–852. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-11-851
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(11):851-852.
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