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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
What is a colon nodule?
During a colonoscopy today the gastroenterologist found a nodule, which he biopsied and sent to pathology. I asked if a nodule was a polyp (which I`ve had on a previous colonoscopy) and was told hat it was not the same thing. Can you tell me what a nodule is?
A "nodule" on colonoscopy usually describes something smooth that appears to lie just under the lining of the colon. A polyp, on the other hand, arises from the lining of the colon and is bumpy of adenomatous in its appearance.
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati