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Last updated June 11, 2022

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Take a quiz to find out what's causing your colonic neoplasm.

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What is a colonic neoplasm?

Colonic neoplasm is when new tissue grows in the colon, or large intestine. It can grow into polyps, which begin as benign (not cancerous) growths, but can sometimes develop into cancer over time. Many neoplasms and polyps are first discovered during a routine colonoscopy.

Symptoms

You may not have any symptoms if it is benign or precancerous. If cancer develops, you may have unexplained fatigue, change in bowel habits, abdominal discomfort such as gas or cramps, blood in stool, or rectal bleeding.

Treatment

A colonoscopy can find neoplasms and polyps before they become cancerous. When they are found during the procedure, the gastroenterologist will remove them. This prevents them from turning into cancer. They will also send them to a lab to test them. The results will determine how closely you have to follow up with another colonoscopy.

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Dr. Rothschild has been a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He currently practices as a hospitalist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. In 1978, Dr. Rothschild received his MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin and trained in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in critical care medicine. He also received an MP...
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