Colonic polyps are common and frequently encountered during optical colonoscopy (OC) [1]. The association between adenomas of the large bowel and colorectal cancer (CRC) is well established [2]. Polypectomy is carried out when polyps are identified at OC, to reduce the risk of CRC developing [3]. The relative risk of adverse events is greater for those undergoing therapeutic OC compared with diagnostic OC, but the absolute risk remains low [4]. Overall, for most patients the benefits of polypectomy outweigh the risks.


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The ScotCap Clinical Leads Collaboration & MacLeod, C. 2021, 'Follow-up of small and diminutive colonic polyps-How to balance the risks in the COVID-19 era', Colorectal Disease, 23(12), pp. 3061-3064. https://doi.org/10.1111/codi.15907

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