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Familial adenomatous polyposis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Adenomatous polyposis coli
  • Adenomatous polyposis of the colon
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis of the colon
  • Familial intestinal polyposis
  • Familial multiple polyposis
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Your Question

I have been diagnosed with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), and my 9-year-old daughter is now having the same signs and symptoms as me. I know you can not give out medical advice, but I'm stuck and need some help for my daughter. How do I find a specialist for children with FAP? At what age do children begin having genetic testing for FAP?

Our Answer

We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.

Is genetic testing available for familial adenomatous polyposis?

Genetic testing is available for the gene known to cause familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). Prenatal testing and genetic testing for at-risk relatives are possible if the disease-causing mutation in the family is known. Because colon screening for those at risk for classic FAP begins as early as age ten years, genetic testing is generally offered to children by this age. Testing may be offered earlier if the child is showing signs or symptoms of FAP.[1]

The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) is a centralized online resource for information about genetic tests. The intended audience for the GTR is health care providers and researchers. Patients and consumers with specific questions about a genetic test should contact a health care provider or a genetics professional.
Last updated: 11/26/2014

How can I find a genetics professional in my area?

Genetics clinics are a source of information for individuals and families regarding genetic conditions, treatment, inheritance, and genetic risks to other family members. More information about genetic consultations is available from Genetics Home Reference. To find a genetics clinic, we recommend that you contact your primary healthcare provider for a referral.

The following online resources can help you find a genetics professional in your community:

Last updated: 11/27/2014

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Adenomatous polyposis coli
  • Adenomatous polyposis of the colon
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis of the colon
  • Familial intestinal polyposis
  • Familial multiple polyposis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.