Does gastric polyps turn to cancer

Malignant potential of gastric polyps

Gastric polyps are often found incidentally during endoscopy and are histologically classified as hyperplastic, fundic gland, or adenomatous polyps.

  • • Hyperplastic polyps are the most commonly encountered type of gastric polyp (70% to 90%) and may have malignant potential. Recent clinical studies have demonstrated dysplasia in up to 19% of hyperplastic polyps and there have been several reports of focal cancer.
  • • Fundic gland polyps have not been associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer but may develop in association with long-term use of proton pump inhibitors or may occur in association with familial adenomatous colorectal polyps.
  • • Gastric adenomatous polyps are rare but do have malignant potential, which correlates with the size of the polyp and the age of the patient.
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