The role of pediatricians in families with a history of familial adenomatous polyposis.
Colon cancer is not an entity that pediatricians routinely confront; however, a family history of colon cancer can have pediatric implications when it is part of familial adenomatous polyposis syndrome. Colonic (multiple intestinal polyps) and extracolonic manifestations (such as hepatoblastoma or brain tumors) can be the presenting features in children. The authors present 2 patients from different families with familial adenomatous polyposis who presented with the extracolonic manifestation of this syndrome and a family history of colon cancer. Identification of these families and education of their primary care givers can lead to improved screening and management of these high-risk individuals.
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Augustyn AM, Wallerstein R. The role of pediatricians in families with a history of familial adenomatous polyposis. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 Jul;48(6):623-6. doi: 10.1177/0009922809332681. Epub 2009 Mar 31.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine