We have reviewed the eight years of experience with gastric polypoid lesions of a university hospital serving the Tel Aviv area, and analyzed 188 polyps. No clinical or endoscopic findings were able to distinguish the polyp variants prior to histological examination. The most frequent type of polyp was the hyperplastic polyp (45.2%), followed by the inflammatory type (29.3%). There were six cases of adenoma and ten cases of gastric carcinoma. The polyps were distributed equally within the body (44.7%) and antrum (48.9%), while the fundus was rarely involved (6.3%). Our findings are compatible with the statement that in general there is no distinction between the histological types classified by sex, age, location, symptoms or endoscopic appearance. Nevertheless, this is the first report of a higher incidence of gastric polyps among Ashkenazi Jews than non-Ashkenazi Jews with identical sex distribution.