Deciding whether small colon polyps were adenomas or less dangerous hyperplastic ones can be done safely during the colonoscopy exam itself. Avoiding the need for an additional pathology test could make diagnosis faster and less expensive.
Adenomas have the potential to develop into colorectal cancer, but not all colon polyps are adenomas. Standard procedure is to remove all polyps seen during a colonoscopy and send them to the pathology lab for testing. However, doctors in London were able to accurately predict which polyps were adenomas more than 9 out of 10 times with colonoscopy alone. Read the rest of this entry »