Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an autosomally dominant disease characterized by early development of up to thousands of colorectal adenomas and colorectal carcinoma in untreated patients. Extra-colonic manifestations include duodenal adenomatosis and desmoid development. Due to identification of gene carriers by DNA analysis or endoscopy the prognosis is good after early colectomy, but life-long surveillance of the rectum and the duodenum is necessary. The Danish Polyposis Register coordinates prophylactic examination and treatment in the families, and serves as basis for research.
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 2013, Vol 175, Issue 19, p. 1335-9