Management of familial adenomatous polyposis

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The management of FAP involves treatment of affected individuals and their families. Such an approach is best coordinated by registrars working in dedicated registries, in close collaboration with nurses, physicians, surgeons, clinical geneticists and others who become involved in the care of these patients. The large bowel of patients with FAP should be removed (totally or subtotally) by the third decade of life. Screening of other areas at risk is recommended to document the natural history of extracolonic manifestations and to allow study of the effects of intervention. Despite these other, sometimes life-threatening manifestations, a near to normal life span is possible in the majority of patients with FAP. The aims of management of the individual and of the family are to ensure that their quality of life is optimal, that support is provided in times of emotional need, that anxiety is minimized and that relatives are adequately screened and treated. © 1992.




Spigelman, A. D., Hodgson, S. V., & Thomson, J. P. S. (1992). Management of familial adenomatous polyposis. Bailliere’s Clinical Gastroenterology, 6(1), 75–94.

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