PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are the symptoms of colon polyps?

ANSWER

Most colon polyps don’t cause symptoms. If you do show symptoms, you may have:

  • Blood in your poop, in the toilet bowl, or on toilet paper when you wipe. These could be signs of bleeding inside your colon.
  • A bowel movement that's black or has red streaks, which may mean there’s blood in it
  • Constipation or diarrhea that lasts longer than a week
  • Belly pain
  • Fatigue or shortness of breath. These can be signs that your body doesn’t have enough iron, which can happen if polyps bleed.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Colon Polyps,” “Colonoscopy,” “Virtual Colonoscopy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Colon Cancer,” “Colon Polyps,” “Rectal Bleeding,” “Rectal Cancer.”

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: “Understanding Polyps and Their Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Your Pathology Report: Colon Polyps (Sessile or Traditional Serrated Adenomas).”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 05, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Colon Polyps,” “Colonoscopy,” “Virtual Colonoscopy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Colon Cancer,” “Colon Polyps,” “Rectal Bleeding,” “Rectal Cancer.”

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: “Understanding Polyps and Their Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Understanding Your Pathology Report: Colon Polyps (Sessile or Traditional Serrated Adenomas).”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 05, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

How are colon polyps treated?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: