Familial adenomatous polyposis

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Familial adenomatous polyposis

An inherited condition in which numerous polyps (growths that protrude from mucous membranes) form on the inside walls of the colon and rectum. The presence of multiple polyps increases the risk for colorectal cancer. Also called familial polyposis.

Definition from the National Cancer Institute Dictionary: FAP [not working]

FAP can be inherited within a family in either an autosomal dominant (APC gene) or an autosomal recessive pattern (MUTYH gene).

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