Submucosal tumors

Often when people undergo examination of their gastrointestinal tract (with barium studies, CT, endoscopy or colonoscopy), lesions or bumps within the wall of the bowel are identified. Most people do not experience any symptoms from these bumps, but occasionally the examination was being done for unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding, the identification of a abdominal mass or pain.

These bumps represent tumors which can be made up of a variety of tissue types. They range from collections of fat (lipomas) – which are completely benign – to collections of cells from the other tissues that make up the wall of the bowel; it is possible that some types of bumps could become cancerous. Whether or not the bumps need to be surgically removed depends upon the size of the bumps and whether or not they cause unpleasant symptoms; they do not respond to medications.
Providence Gastrointestinal Center provides state-of-the-art gastroenterology services. Our board-certified gastroenterologists diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary system. Providence Gastrointestinal Center is part of a comprehensive program at Providence involving medical and surgical specialties.

The Advanced Endoscopy Center at Providence Gastrointestinal Center diagnoses and treats diseases of the digestive tract, using state-of-the-art technologies not widely available.