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03 Apr 2003
anal polyps or growths
My 3 year old daughter has for most of her life had two or three "polyps" or growths near her anus. When she is run down they seem to increase in number and irritate her. At first we were given some cortisone cream and were told they could be "burned" off, then we were told to just leave them and they should disappear with time - is this correct or should we do something about them?
Anal tags/polyps at that age are mostly associated with chronic constipation. Your child may have had a previous anal tear, with an associated skin tag. I am not quite clear what you describe, but my first response would be to ensure that there is no underlying constipation. If this is resolved and they persist it will be best to consult an experienced paediatrician/paediatric surgeon.
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