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September 1953

POLYPS OF THE COLON: Late Results of Transcolonic Removal

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Division of Surgery, Mayo Clinic (Dr. Judd).; Fellow in Surgery, Mayo Foundation (Dr. Carlisle).

AMA Arch Surg. 1953;67(3):353-362. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260040360007
Abstract

PEDUNCULATED polyps of the large intestine have been the subject of numerous clinical studies, of many arguments among pathologists, and of some philosophic speculation, especially in the last two decades. Continuing interest in this subject is kept alive by the inescapable fact that final proof regarding the exact life history and potentialities of a given polyp of the large intestine has not been forthcoming. It follows that differences of opinion still exist concerning proper treatment for this most interesting lesion.

It is surprising to note in the voluminous literature that late results of treatment in significant series of cases are not available; much of the confusion still prevalent stems from the fact that speculation and philosophy have far outdistanced scientific fact. We do not care to belabor the point concerning whether polyps are all benign or all malignant or whether they are commonly or rarely the precursors of carcinoma. We

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