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Can the polyps in the esophagus be cancer?


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Published At June 4, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My wife had an endoscopy, and they found polyps in her esophagus. I am so worried that it could be cancer. Can it be cancer?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • Yes, they could be cancerous growth too. To help you better, I need following details.
  1. What were her symptoms, for which endoscopy was performed?
  2. Any weight loss?
  3. Any history of blood in stools or vomit?
  4. Any history of black colored stools?
  5. Has the biopsy been performed?

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Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

She had no weight loss, and no blood in stools. We are waiting for the biopsy report. She has black stools, diarrhea, and acid reflux.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Since she has acid reflux, most likely the polyps are due to reflux esophagitis.
  • No weight loss, blood in vomit and stools points that chances of cancerous growth are very less.
  • The definitive answer would be given by your biopsy report.

I hope it helps you. If you have any further queries, please ask me.

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Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anshul Varshney
Dr. Anshul Varshney

Internal Medicine

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