CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Endosc Int Open 2023; 11(03): E217-E220
DOI: 10.1055/a-1924-7382
Letter to the editor

Clinical characteristics and histopathological findings in colorectal polyps among colonoscopy patients at a sub-Saharan hospital

Abdisamad Ahmed Jama
1   Uganda Martyrs University, Surgery, Kampala, Uganda
Francis Basimbe
2   Uganda Martyrs University, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Kampala, Uganda
3   Nsambya Hospital, Surgery, Kampala, Uganda
Othieno Emmanuel
4   Makerere University CHS, Pathology, Kampala, Uganda
Ignatius Kakande
2   Uganda Martyrs University, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Kampala, Uganda
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Colonic polyps, especially adenomatous polyps, are clinically significant because they are precursors to colorectal cancer (CRC) [1]. The incidence of colorectal polyps is rapidly increasing worldwide [2]. A report from sub-Saharan African countries showed that colonic polyps are rare in the African colon [3] Recent evidence, however, from most sub-Saharan African countries has shown a sharp rise in the incidence of CRC [4].

We conducted a study aimed at identifying the clinical, endoscopic characteristics and histopathological features of colorectal polyps among patients who underwent colonoscopy at Nsambya Hospital from 2015 to 2021. A hospital-based cross-sectional study that used endoscopy records and the pathology laboratory database system of St. Francis Hospital Nsambya was conducted. Age, sex, colonoscopy report and histopathology report were analyzed. A total of 1630 patients had colonoscopies performed at the endoscopy unit of St. Francis hospital Nsambya during the study period and 142 patients with polyps who had polypectomy were included in the study.

Publication History

Article published online:
08 March 2023

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