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Gardner's syndrome is a rare inherited condition in which thousands
of small protruding growths of excess tissue (polyps) develop in the stomach,
upper portion of the intestine (duodenum), and colon. The polyps caused by this
syndrome usually appear around age 15 and may develop into colon cancer.
People who have Gardner's syndrome may also have other soft-tissue
diseases, such as fibromas and lipomas, or bony growths in the jaw and
Treatment for Gardner's syndrome is surgical removal of the colon
and rectum. Gardner's syndrome is an inherited disorder, so genetic testing
and screening with colonoscopy is recommended for all relatives of a person
diagnosed with this disorder.
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology
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