Other Names for this Disease
- Gardner's syndrome
- Polyposis coli and multiple hard and soft tissue tumors
- Intestinal polyposis, osteomas, sebaceous cysts
Your QuestionI was diagnosed with Gardner syndrome at birth. I had a total colectomy with illeoanal reservoir. Since the surgery, I have had several orthopedic issues with my spine and shoulder which cause my joints to be extremely flexible, often resulting in catastrophic problems from a minor injury. I also have had two spinal issues, so at the age of 30 I am looking at permanent pain management therapy as a possibility. I also have days where I am just completely out of gas by about 1 pm or can't go to work. My dad's side of the family is the same way - we all have this disorder. Is all this related to Gardner syndrome?
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Joint issues are not considered a feature of Gardner syndrome. However, several studies have found that joint symptoms sometimes develop in people who have undergone a restorative proctocolectomy (RP). RP is often performed in people affected by ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). Gardner syndrome is considered a form of FAP.
Last updated: 1/15/2015
Exhaustion is not considered a direct feature of Gardner syndrome. However, treatment of Gardner syndrome includes complete removal of the colon, which causes a change in bowel and dietary habits. This change can alter the absorption of nutrients and potentially lead to vitamin deficiencies that may impact energy levels.
Last updated: 1/15/2015
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