Tubulovillous Adenoma Polyp

Awareness About Tubulovillous Adenoma Polyp

Posted on 6/8/2011 11:31:25 PM

The development of polyps is a common problem in the digestive tract of the body wherein most cases affect the colon and this condition is called as colon polyps. Tubulovillous Adenomal Polyp is one of the common forms and considered dangerous as well, since it can lead to cancer, therefore awareness about this condition is vital for its total treatment.

The Importance of Awareness about Tubulovillous Adenoma Polyp

The digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract of the body is composed of several vital organs such as the stomach and the intestines (small intestines and large intestines). The upper section includes the stomach while the intestines belong to the lower section. The colon is part of the large intestine and the last organ in the GI system which is responsible in the absorbance of water and nutrients (specifically potassium) in the body. Just like the stomach, the colon also has lining which is known as “mucous membrane”, and for some reasons masses of tissues described as “polyps” may grow in this area then it develops to Colon Polyp.

The growth of polyps in the colon is normally benign (or non-cancerous) when it’s beyond the normal size of not more than one centimeter. However, this is not always the case since it can grow larger and turned into “adenoma”, an abnormal growth of polyps in the swelling lining of the colon.

There are several forms or classification of colon polyps based on their shapes and sizes:

  • Hyperplastic – Of all the common forms of colon polyps, this type is classified low risk in terms of turning into cancer, even though that the polyps are growing not on its size but also to its number.
  • Inflammatory – This form is also considered benign because it is rare to become malignant or develop to cancer. In medical terminology, it is known as “pseudopolyps” which means false polyps, and most common to occur on patients with IBD and ulcerative colitis.
  • Adenomatous – Colon polyps under this category are the most common and have the highest risk of becoming cancerous if not discovered or treated immediately. There are three types of adenamatous colon polyps- tubular, villous, and tubulovillous. TVA or Tubulovillous Adenoma Polyp is the most dangerous type that usually develops to colon cancer.

The possibility of development of polyps to become Tubulovillous Adenoma Polyp depends on the appearance and the size of the adenoma. Pedunculated (with thin stalk) polyp and sessile (flat without stalk) polyp are the two common shapes, wherein the sessile polyp is known to have greater chances to become cancer if not removed in time. Sessilepolyp.com explains well about this condition.

Possible Treatment for Tubulovillous Adenoma Polyp

Based on studies, people aging 60 and above are prone to colon polyps wherein biggest percentage of cases are found to be adenomatous which includes Tubulovillous Adenoma Polyp. Therefore, before it’s too late for you to know that you have TVA, you can undergo colon cancer screening test which is effective in diagnosing colon polyps. Sigmoidoscopy is one of the procedures used in diagnosing colon polyps aside from colonoscopy and fecal occult blood testing. The polyps should be removed on its early stage before it turned out to be colon cancer in the future.

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