What is Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome?
Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome, also known as PJS, is a genetic condition that is characterized by growths in the stomach or intestines (gastrointestinal tract). These noncancerous growths, called polyps, can begin developing in early childhood and continue to grow throughout adolescence and adulthood.
PJS can put you at a higher risk for gastrointestinal, breast, stomach, pancreatic, ovarian, cervical, and testicular cancers if left untreated.
Signs and Symptoms of Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome
Patients with Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome most frequently experience:
- Dark skin spots around the lips, nostrils, eyes, hands, feet, and inside the mouth
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- Digestion complications
- Chronic gastrointestinal bleeding
- Bowel obstruction
Many of these polyps can begin developing in early childhood, so genetic testing and proper screenings are vital in detecting PJS early. These tests can help prevent serious health issues, such as intussusception and cancer from occurring. Intussusception is usually caused by the overgrowth of multiple polyps. When this occurs, part of the intestine slides into another part of the intestine, preventing food from being digested. It can also block blood supply, which can eventually lead to perforation, infection, and possibly kill healthy bowel tissue.
Treating Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome
During your appointment with Dr. Katz, he will perform an examination that may include genetic testing, laboratory testing, endoscopy, and scans to determine the severity of the polyp growth. After reviewing the results, he will tailor a treatment plan to meet your individualized needs.
In most cases, surgery will be necessary to remove the polyps, especially if intussusception has occurred. As a leading expert in this particular surgery, Dr. Katz can conduct this minimally invasive procedure using advanced laparoscopic techniques and treatment. By combining state-of-art technology and unparalleled skill, your doctor can deliver personalized care with optimal results.
At Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York, our doctors will make themselves completely available should any questions about your treatment arise throughout your entire health journey. Seeing your doctor for regular follow-up appointments will also allow him to carefully monitor you for the recurrence of polyps and/or changes in the development of the polyps.
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