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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What are gastric polyps?
Gastric polyps are growths that form in the lining of your stomach. They are not cancerous, but certain types of polyps can change into cancer.
What puts me at risk for gastric polyps?
- Chronic gastritis caused by NSAIDs use or ulcers
- Long-term use of proton pump inhibitor medicines (used to decrease stomach acid)
- An infection in your stomach caused by H. pylori bacteria
What are the symptoms of gastric polyps?
You may have no symptoms. Large polyps may cause any of the following:
- Abdominal pain
- Vomiting after meals or vomiting blood
- Dark or bloody bowel movements
How are gastric polyps diagnosed?
Gastric polyps are usually found during an endoscopy for another reason. All or part of the polyp will be removed during the test. Your healthcare provider may also remove tissue from your stomach. The polyps and tissue are sent to the lab for testing.
How are gastric polyps treated?
Some types of polyps go away on their own. Other types may be removed if they are large, you have symptoms, or abnormal cells are found. Large polyps and abnormal cells increase your risk for cancer. You may also need antibiotics if you have an infection caused by H. pylori bacteria. Part of your stomach may be removed if the polyps cannot be removed and abnormal cells are found.
When should I seek immediate care?
- You have blood in your vomit.
- You have dark or bloody bowel movements.
- You have severe pain in your abdomen that does not go away after you take medicine.
When should I contact my healthcare provider?
- You have indigestion that does not go away with treatment.
- You vomit after meals.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
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