Hyperplastic polyps

Hyperplastic polyps are a type of noncancerous (benign) growths found in the colon. They are usually small and make up about 10% to 30% of all colorectal polyps.

Hyperplastic polyps:

  • Usually are less than 10 mm (0.4 in.) in size.
  • Increase in number as a person ages.
  • Do not develop into cancer.

A hyperplastic polyp does not look different from a small precancerous (adenomatous) polyp. Only a tissue sample (biopsy) can tell whether it is adenomatous.

Last Updated: April 28, 2009

Author: Monica Rhodes

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology

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