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Nov 13, 2011 · Cecum Polyp or 'stump' in Digestive Health

I had a virtual colonoscopy which revealed a 7mm polyp in my cecum near the ileocecal valve. I’ve also read that sometimes, when someone has had an appendectomy decades ago, that on a CT colonoscopy, the “stump”, left by the appendectomy, could masquerade as a polyp. Has anyone had any experience with this? My primary care physician now wants me to have a colonoscopy to have this polyp removed and biopsied, but I really don’t want to have to go through the prep and the colonoscopy unnecessarily.

I’ve also read where 7mm polyps are small enough where they don’t necessarily have to be removed, but monitored every few years. I’ve also read that cecum polyps can only be removed through surgery, along with part of the colon. So, you can see why I’m apprehensive about going through all this if my polyp could be a “stump” left over from my appendectomy.

Any help and information would be greatly appreciated.