Prevalence of serrated polyposis syndrome and its association with synchronous advanced adenoma and lifestyle

Mol Clin Oncol. 2015 Jan;3(1):69-72. doi: 10.3892/mco.2014.423. Epub 2014 Sep 22.


We assessed the clinicopathological characteristics of patients with serrated polyposis syndrome (SPS) and the incidence of advanced adenoma/colorectal cancer (CRC). We prospectively enrolled 249 consecutive patients who underwent colonoscopy at the National Cancer Center Hospital over a 6-month period. All the polyps were diagnosed using magnification colonoscopy and resection/biopsy. The enrolled patients were divided into two groups, i) those with ≥5 histologically diagnosed hyperplastic polyps (HPs) proximal to the sigmoid colon, with at least 2 polyps >10 mm in diameter and ii) those with ≥20 HPs distributed throughout the colon. The clinical characteristics of the two groups were compared, including lifestyle, family history of CRC and colonoscopic findings. HPs were identified in 228 patients, of whom 21 (8.4%) had SPS. All 21 patients had ≥20 HPs distributed throughout the colon, with none having >2 HPs ≥1 cm in diameter in the right colon. Synchronous advanced adenoma/CRC was diagnosed in 76/249 (30.5%) patients. The prevalence of advanced adenoma/CRC was higher among patients with compared to those without SPS (P=0.075). SPS was also associated with older age and higher body mass index (BMI). Our results suggested that older age and higher BMI are independent risk factors for SPS. Advanced adenoma/CRC tended to occur more frequently among patients with compared to those without SPS, although the difference was not statistically significant.

Keywords: colonoscopy; colorectal cancer; pit pattern; serrated polyposis syndrome.