Spontaneous Expulsion per Rectum of a Colorectal Polyp: A Rare and Unusual Case

Jamil Shah, Abul Shahidullah

Abstract


Colorectal polyps are growths that form on the epithelium of the colon and rectum. While their prevalence varies considerably from region to region, they are common in adults. In fact, among asymptomatic, average-risk individuals at 50 years of age, the prevalence of colorectal polyps averages roughly 10% in sigmoidoscopy studies and more than 25% in colonoscopy studies. Approximately two-thirds of all colorectal polyps are adenomatous precancerous lesions that have the potential to become malignant. Usually, they are discovered and resected during colonoscopy. The spontaneous expulsion per rectum of a colorectal polyp is exceedingly rare. Here, we report a rare and unusual case that we believe is the first of spontaneous expulsion of an adenomatous polyp during defecation. These patients should undergo colonoscopy to search for additional polyps as well as other gastrointestinal pathology.




Gastroenterol Res. 2018;11(4):329-332
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/gr1054w

Keywords


Colorectal polyp; Expulsion per rectum; Polypectomy

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