When You Visit Your Doctor - Colonic Polyps

Colonic Polyps

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Do you have a family history of colonic polyps?
  • Do you have bleeding from the rectum or bloody stools?
  • Do you frequently have rectal pain or the sensation of needing to have a bowel movement?
  • Do you have anemia (low blood count)?
  • Do you have a family history of colon cancer?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Abdominal exam
  • Rectal exam

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Stool testing for blood
  • Complete blood count
  • Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, possibly with a biopsy or removal of a polyp (if one is found)