polyps in the esophagus??

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polyps in the esophagus??

by Worriedsick on Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi everyone - I hope you all are doing okay and I hope your Thanksgiving was good.  My family got through okay without my Dad.  It was tough, but we realize we have many things to be thankful for and also we were thankful to have had my Dad happy and healthy for as many Thanksgivings as we did.  Anyway, question.  My brother had an endoscopy and has been diagnosed with Barretts.  He also had a hiatal hernia fixed.  He told me they took out esophagus polyps and did about 30 biopsies.  We are waiting for the pathology report.  They are sending some to Hopkins and some to Mayo.  Anyway, has anyone ever had polyps in the esophagus??  Thanks

 karen

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by Aoife on Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:00 AM

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How did it go with your brother?  I had a polyp in my oesophagus which was unfortunatly cancerous but I am still here 14 months later.  Most polyps are begnine, you just need to keep an eye on them.  The most scary bit is waiting for the results, afterwards it is not that bad.

 

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by fighterpw on Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hello,

I just had an endoscope that found a polyp in the mid esophageal region. I am still waiting for biopsy results to come in. I am a very active 35 year old male, and can find very few positive words about these polyps on the internet. The nurse said in while I was in recovery that it didn't look bad, but I am pretty nervous waiting. It is not very large and looked like it was normal tissue. 

My research (thats all I have done for the last three days) says less than 10% are benign. Apparently, are squamous and ademocarcinoma. However, different sites say different things. For instance, it says benign tumors are rare in the general population. In 20,000 autopsy's 90 polyps were found or .5%. That to me equates to roughly 450 cases per 100,000. Most sites say esophageal cancer is rare affecting about 14,000 people in the US per year or less than 8 per 100,000. So with those figures in mind, how can cancer be the predominant finding. What am I missing here?

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by fighterpw on Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hello,

I just had an endoscope that found a polyp in the mid esophageal region. I am still waiting for biopsy results to come in. I am a very active 35 year old male, and can find very few positive words about these polyps on the internet. The nurse said in while I was in recovery that it didn't look bad, but I am pretty nervous waiting. It is not very large and looked like it was normal tissue. 

My research (thats all I have done for the last three days) says less than 10% are benign. Apparently, most polyps are squamous and ademocarcinoma. However, different sites say different things.

 

For instance, it says benign tumors are rare in the general population. In 20,000 autopsy's 90 polyps were found or .5%. That to me equates to roughly 450 cases per 100,000. Most sites say esophageal cancer is rare affecting about 14,000 people in the US per year or less than 8 per 100,000. So with those figures in mind, how can cancer be the predominant finding. What am I missing here?

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by Aoife on Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:00 AM

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I am only 33 and I was diagnosed last year with cancer from a polyp.  There is hope if you get diagnosed.  I had chemo then surgery and my age helped me to survive.  I am 14 months from diagnosis today.  Let us know how you get on. 

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by fighterpw on Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:00 AM

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Aoife,

I am sorry you are going through this ordeal. I am glad you are doing well.You stated earlier that most polyps are benign. Where did you get that information? Did you have anything else going on prior to diagnosis? What did your polyp look like? Where was it located? What type of cancer did you have? I am truly scared waiting for these results. I appreciate any information you may have.

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by Aoife on Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:00 AM

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My brother did the searching before I was diagnosed, but maybe he did not want to scare me!  I was unable to eat food prior to diagnosis.  It started in March 06 when I vommited on a bagel, then in August I vommited some fish up and from that day on I got sicker and sicker.  I was diagnosed on 2nd October 06.  I had squamous cell and the year after diagnosis was not easy but I am still alive.  I got married 2 weeks aftr finishing chemo!  You still do not know that you have it, asume the best for the moment.  I know how scary it is.  Let us know how you get on.

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by fighterpw on Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:00 AM

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Thanks for words of encouragement and congratulations on getting married! I am hoping for the best, there is just so little information out there on esophageal polyps. I don't know what the exact size of mine is, 5mm or less I would guess. I have only had sporadic but increasingly frequent heartburn. I do not have Barret's but do have Class B esophagitis with a hiatal hernia at 3cm. I am pretty confused about it all right now, and hoping for good news tomorrow. The poylp has well defined borders, smooth, symetric, and same color as surrounding tissue. I take it this is positve and I will update accordingly when I have results.

 

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by Worriedsick on Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:00 AM

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Aoife - thanks for your response.  After talking to my brother a second time, I am not even certain he had a polyp in the esophagus, but rather, the cells due to the Barretts esophagus looked to the endoscopist to be irritated enough to warrant going back and taking 30 biopsies of the area.  I don't know, it is a bit confusing.  At any rate, we are waiting for results from the pathologists.  The doc sent some to Hopkins and some to Mayo.  It seems a bit strange to me.  I don't know why he didn't do the biopsies the first time in.  Oh and the hernia he had fixed was NOT his hiatel hernia - from all I've read the hiatel hernia plays a big role in perpetuating GERD and Barrett's and reflux, so, I am hoping my brother gets that taken care of too.  Aoife, I hope you are doing well and please keep us posted on your progress.  God speed - karen

 fighterpw - from everything I found on the internet from reputable sites, Mayo, etc. it seems that cancerous polyps in the esophagus are in fact very unusual.  Everything I founds indicates they are almost always benign.  So, I pray that is the case for you.  Please keep us posted on your progress.  God speed - karen

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by Worriedsick on Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:00 AM

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Aoife - Just thought I'd let you know my brother's biopsies came back okay.  They will monitor him closely, however, and he will have an endoscopy yearly for two years and then if all is clear maybe every two years.  I am encouraging him to have the hiatal hernia repaired though because I know that is pushing a lot of acid up into the esophagus constantly.  Thanks for your interest and please keep us posted on your progress.  God speed - karen
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