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The management of gastric polyps
  1. Andrew F Goddard1,
  2. Rawya Badreldin2,
  3. D Mark Pritchard3,
  4. Marjorie M Walker4,
  5. Bryan Warren5
  6. on behalf of the British Society of Gastroenterology
  1. 1Digestive Diseases Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK
  2. 2Department of Gastroenterology, James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK
  3. 3Division of Gastroenterology, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
  4. 4Department of Histopathology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK
  5. 5Department of Pathology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew F Goddard, Digestive Diseases Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby DE22 3NE, UK; andrew.goddard{at}


Background Gastric polyps are important as some have malignant potential. If such polyps are left untreated, gastric cancer may result. The malignant potential depends on the histological type of the polyp. The literature base is relatively weak and any recommendations made must be viewed in light of this.

Definition Gastric polyps are sessile or pedunculated lesions that originate in the gastric epithelium or submucosa and protrude into the stomach lumen.

Malignant potential Depending on histological type, some gastric polyps (adenomas and hyperplastic polyps) have malignant potential and are precursors of early gastric cancer. They may also indicate an increased risk of intestinal or extra-intestinal malignancy.

  • Gastric polyps
  • gastric cancer
  • polypectomy
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • gastritis

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.