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Angie

Esophageal and stomach polyps

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On Monday, I had a routine endoscopy to check on trouble swallowing and esophageal spasms. They found a couple of polyps in my stomach and a sizable one in my esophagus. My GI doctor removed all and will biopsy. Another member of my support group had stomach polyps removed a couple of years ago. We both have GAVE syndrome ("watermelon stomach") .. anyone else with the same? Would be interested in hearing others experiences. I have a follow-up with my GI doctor on 4/22 and will let all know what I find out. Thanks and take good care!

Angie

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Hi Angie,

 

I couldn't find anything in our medical pages about esophageal/stomach polyps and a general google of the information on the web tended towards the opinion that they are a) fairly rare and b) usually benign. I'll keep my fingers crossed that this holds true for you. :)

 

Here are links to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and esophageal spasm information. Many people find tipping their head in a certain direction (for me it is forward) when swallowing helps the dysphagia. Strangely enough, the same head tilt will often help when I have an esophageal spasm. Drinking some quite warm water sometimes helps me too.

 

Will you let us know what you hear in your follow-up appointment?

 

Best wishes,


Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

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International Scleroderma Network

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Hi Angie,

 

I'm very sorry to hear that you've been having problems with polyps in your stomach and oesophagus.

 

I've included a link to GAVE (Watermelon Stomach.) I haven't experienced this myself, but I hope that your polyps turn out to be benign and that you won't get any more problems with them.

 

Do let us know how you get on with your appointment with your GI doctor.


Jo Frowde

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Thanks so much for researching this topic and getting back to me. I will definitely let you all know what the results are of my follow-up GI doctor appt. on 4/22. Thanks so much!

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Hi Marie, I'll be thinking of you over this next week while you wait for your biopsy results, the wait is so difficult, isn't it?

 

I had my first esophageal endoscopy 3 years ago, at age 48, they found 2 polyps in my stomach, esophageal erosions and an irregular Z line, which they biopsied also, thankfully all these came out benign. (I don't have GAVE though) My GI scheduled me for a colonoscopy, because he said that when there are polyps in the stomach, there will be some in the colon too, and sure enough, he found more, also benign, but I have to have upper endo and colonoscopies every 3 years now for rechecks, so I'm due again very soon.

 

I still have esophageal spasms and trouble swallowing, so I'm not sure that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between these and polyps or that the finding is just coincidental. Like Jeannie, tipping my head forward and drinking warm drinks do help with swallowing for me.

 

Hang in there, hope your GI doctor can offer you some relief soon,

 

Red

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Sorry - I meant Angie, not Marie....where in the world did I get Marie from :emoticon-dont-know: ? My mind must be going, along with the body these days.... :blink:

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