Why do polyps appear in the stomach? How are these excrescences treated and how serious they are
Stomach polyps appear in men over the age of 50. Sometimes it does not raise problems, especially if they are few, small and benign.
But there are situations where the biopsy is not the result. That's why you go to the gastroenterologist, do your routine checks. A simple endoscopy can detect them!
Polyps in the stomach. The good news is that in 85% of cases, they are benign.
These polyps are actually excrescences that appear and grow on the mucosa covering the stomach. Most of the time, it does not raise medical problems and does not require treatment, but you can not rely on luck. That's why doctors say it's good to do routine checks every year, especially if you're 50 years old and you're a man. Women also appear in these women, but much less often.
Here are the main risk factors for stomach or gastric polyps:
- Age – over 50,
- Helicobacter pylori infection, which in turn is a risk factor for gastritis, ulcer, polyps, and unfortunately, gastric cancer.
- Genetic heritage,
- Certain medicines,
- Diet could play an important role in the appearance of gastric polyps. It seems that smoked foods, fish or salty meat and excess consumption of sweets could favor gastric polyps. But this requires further study to become a certainty.
What are the symptoms:
Unfortunately, especially when they are small, less than 1 cm, symptoms do not exist, or are those that accompany gastritis. But when it comes to large-scale inconveniences such as difficulty in swallowing, anemia, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting.
Treatment is not mandatory if they are small, then they will only be kept under control and observed by your doctor. However, if they are large, they are either removed endoscopically or surgically.