Recurrent Obstructive Giant Inflammatory Polyposis of the Colon

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Inflammatory polyps are relatively common in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. The term giant inflammatory polyposis is used to describe inflammatory polyps greater than 1.5 cm in any dimension. Their clinical presentation can be varied, ranging from asymptomatic, with incidental detection on radiological or endoscopic testing, to symptomatic, with rectal bleeding and colonic obstruction. Although giant inflammatory polyposis is a rare finding, it is of clinical importance, since it is easily mistaken for colon cancer, with patients sometimes undergoing radical surgeries. We describe an unusual case of giant inflammatory polyposis causing recurrent symptomatic obstruction despite multiple segmental colectomies in a patient with indeterminate colitis. This is the first such reported case in English literature to the best of our knowledge.