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    Old 11-04-2008, 02:35 PM   #1
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    Question Polyp found - when to have follow-up colonoscopy?

    I have two questions please:

    Question 1: I had a colonoscopy on October 16 and a polyp was found. It was benign but it was still a polyp and no polyps were ever found on my 2 prior colonscopies done in February 2005 and December 2006.

    My husband had a polyp removed during his first c'scope in August 2005 and his GI sent him a letter this past May to remind him to schedule a follow-up in August which he did and no polyps were found.

    The letter that my GI doctor sent to me says to schedule a repeat colonscopy in 7 - 10 years. Isn't that a long time to wait???? when I called the office and spoke to the NP she told me there was no need to do it sooner because the polyp was very tiny. Does that make sense to you? If not, can you point me to something in writing that gives the protocol for follow-up so that I can show it to my GI? It is not that I like having these tests but I would like to be safe and not sorry. So my first question is - when should I have a follow-up colonscopy?

    Second question: does anyone know what my pathology report means? The actual operative report says the following about the polyp: A sessile polyp was found in the cecum. The polyp was dimunitive in size. The exam was otherwise without abnormality.

    Specimen designated Right colon polyp: Colonic mucosa with prominent lymphoid aggregate, within normal limits. Specimen designateed random biopsy: Colonic mucosa within normal limits. Why are they different and what does "Colonic mucosa with prominent lymphoid aggregate" mean???

    Thanks so much!!!

    P.S. I had to have this c'scope because it was just determined that I have iron deficiecy anemia and they were looking for possible GI bleeding. Since the c'scope was negative, i had a capusle endoscopy last week which was also normal so now I;m off to the hematologist.

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