Juvenile Polyposis Syndrome

Also known as: JPS.

What is juvenile polyposis syndrome?

Juvenile polyposis syndrome is a disease that is known for causing polyps different areas of the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly the colon. Polyps are clusters of cells that form on the lining of the GI tract. They can increase the risk of cancer over time and cause other problems.

What causes juvenile polyposis syndrome?

Juvenile polyposis syndrome is a genetic disorder that is passed along from parents to their children. Certain medications or other stomach problems can increase the risk of getting polyps.

What are the symptoms of juvenile polyposis syndrome?

As the disease advances, symptoms may include nausea, bloody stools, abdominal pain or tenderness and anemia.

What are juvenile polyposis syndrome care options?

Some polyps only need to be monitored to make sure they don’t become problematic. If they do, surgery to remove the polyps is an option.

Patients will be followed by a gastroenterologist and undergo regular colonoscopy to detect and remove early polyps before they become bigger or malignant.

Reviewed by: Ziad A Khatib, MD

This page was last updated on: April 04, 2022 03:56 PM

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