Bowel Polyps is sometimes misdiagnosed as Peutz–Jeghers Syndrome

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Peutz–Jeghers Syndrome, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Bowel Polyps.

It is essential to find colon polyps at an early stage to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is the main procedure for diagnosis. Polyps can be removed during the procedure and samples sent for biopsy and check for malignant cells. A virtual colonoscopy can be done initially but this procedure doesn’t allow for polyps removal. This has to be followed by a normal colonoscopy if any polyps are detected. Stool tests can also be helpful but again diagnosis has to be confirmed by a colonoscopy.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Bowel habits changes, pain, rectal bleeding, stool colour changes, iron deficiency anaemia

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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