multiple intestinal polyposismedical dictionary

Begins usually in late childhood; polyps increase in numbers, causing symptoms of chronic colitis, and carcinoma of the colon almost invariably develops in untreated cases; autosomal dominant inheritance. In the Gardner syndrome there are extracolonic changes (desmoid tumours, etc.).

Synonyms: polyposis coli.

Hamartomatous polyposis of the small or large intestine, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome with melanin spots on the lips, less common, miscellaneous, rare, and doubtful occurrences.

Synonyms: familial intestinal polyposis.

(05 Mar 2000)