Recurrence Rates for Colorectal Polyps

Cancer. 1985 Apr 1;55(7):1586-9. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(19850401)55:7<1586::aid-cncr2820550729>;2-i.


Of 276 patients who underwent an initial colonoscopic polypectomy for adenomatous polyps over a 45-month period, 118 subsequently had one or more repeat screening colonoscopies. The mean follow-up time was 26 months with an overall polyp recurrence rate of 30%. Analysis of these data retrospectively suggests that the bulk of the recurrences occurred within the first year. Increasing age was found to be a significant risk factor for polyp recurrence. Asymptomatic recurrence of adenomatous polyps detectable by colonoscopy is a common occurrence in postpolypectomy patients. Prospective studies utilizing colonoscopy as a screening tool are needed to establish a rational screening policy for this high-risk group.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Colonic Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Colonic Diseases / surgery
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Polyps / diagnosis*
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rectal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Rectal Diseases / surgery
  • Retrospective Studies