An estimated 130,000 individuals are diagnosed with colorectal carcinoma each year, and approximately 50,000 will die from this disease, making colorectal carcinoma the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.1 Heritable forms of colorectal carcinoma are common. These heritable conditions may manifest as a polyposis or as colorectal carcinoma. In this review, the pathology of hamartomatous polyps will be discussed with particular emphasis on clues that should alert pathologists to the possibility of a polyposis syndrome. This review will also provide tools for pathologists to identify patients at risk for Lynch syndrome.
- Lynch syndrome
- colorectal carcinoma
- hamartomatous polyps
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine