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Inflammatory Polyps in Ulcerative Colitis

Inflammatory polyps like this one in the middle of the picture are quite frequently seen in rectum and the sigmoid colon. They are quite innocent and lookes "worse" than they are, and they are often seen also when the colitis is in a inactive phase.

This inflammatory polyp in the caecum was the only sign of a total ulcerative colitis, that had been asymtomatic for many years.

This patient had ulcerative colitis for 15 years and had been free from symptoms for years. The colonoscopy findings were normal, except for these inflammatory polyps in the transversum. This finding is quite innocent, and these polyps do not have any malignant potential.

Inflammatory Polyp in the Sigmoid Colon. Inflammatory polyps can look quite bad, and make it difficult to exclude malignant changes.

Inflammatory Polyp in the Sigmoid Colon. Lesions like this should be carefully biopsied. Inflammatory polyps do not cause symtoms, and although they bleed easily when biopsies are taken, they do not normally cause bleeding.

Inflammatory Polyp in the Rectosigmoid Flexure. With a finding like this, malignancy cannot be ruled out during endoscopy. Biopsies however showed only inflammatory changes.

Inflammatory polyp in the sigmoid colon at the time of the first diagnostic colonoscopy in a young patient who had suffered from intermittent diarrhoea for two years.

These inflammatory polyps were found at the rectosigmoid junction in a patient with a distal ulcerative colitis for about 25 years. The polyps did not cause any symptoms and no bleeding. The histological finding was that of granulomatous tissue.

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