Polyps, of any type, can be frightening, especially when you are unsure to what extent the polyp may be malignant or benign. For individuals diagnosed with hyperplastic stomach polyps, the complications are typically not malignant in nature but still require medical attention. If you have this type of stomach polyp, it is important to become familiar with your treatment options so as to ensure you do not face increased risk for malignancy in the future.
Stomach polyps, as a general rule, come in many sizes and types. For hyperplastic stomach polyps, the complication is typically diagnosed when the polyps are still in their infancy of development and, fortunately, are not malignant at this phase. Without treatment, however, and the more these polyps are permitted to grow, the greater the risk for developing a malignancy complication. Much like tonsil polyps, treatment must begin when the complication is early in development.
If you feel you may be at-risk for developing stomach polyps of any type, you will want to ask your doctor to run a variety of tests, including an endoscopy, to rule out or confirm the presence of the digestive health complication. Typically, when a stomach polyp is found in the stomach or rectum, these are hyperplastic stomach polyps for which removal is simple and malignancy is not typically expected.
Over the long term, after being diagnosed with hyperplastic stomach polyps, your doctor may recommend antibiotic therapy to effective manage the inflammation and risks for bacterial infection in the digestive tract. Once your are diagnosed with this form of stomach polyp, you can expect there will be life long needs for antibiotic therapy but, ultimately, this may help to minimize further complications with hyperplastic polyps and prevent growth to the extent that stomach cancer becomes a health risk for you.
While not all complications associated with stomach inflammation and infection will lead to polyp development, there are many adults who develop stomach polyps and often do not realize they have the risk until further advanced complications of the digestive tract develop. If you suffer from regular stomach complications and issues with your digestive health, ask your doctor about the use of endoscopy to rule out or confirm the presence of hyperplastic stomach polyps and seek out removal and treatment accordingly. In doing so, you will reduce your risk, easily, of developing stomach cancer at a later date.
Sources: Intestinal Polyps and Polyposis, by G. G. Delaini