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Stomach polyps, which are rare, are usually found when a person is being examined for other reasons. About 1% of people who are undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, a procedure in which the lining of the stomach is examined, are diagnosed with stomach polyps.
Stomach polyps have three types that are common, they are:
More than half of all diagnosed stomach polyps are hyperplastic polyps, about 2% of which develop into cancer.
Fundic gland polyps:
Except in people with FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis) syndrome, these stomach polyps don't become cancerous. This type develops in the top portion of the stomach, which is called the fundus.
This type accounts for about 10% of all stomach polyps. It arises from the stomach's glandular tissue and has a significant chance of becoming cancerous.
Prepared by: Scientific Section
In most cases, small polyps don't cause any symptoms. However, ulcers may develop on its surface when a stomach polyp enlarges, or in some rare cases, the opening between the stomach and the small intestine may be blocked.
Exactly why fundic gland stomach polyps develop is still not clear, however, there are several problems which can cause the gastritis that could lead to adenomas and hyperplastic polyps.
Some of the factors that may increase the risk of developing stomach polyps are:
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