Hereditary gastrointestinal polyposis syndromes

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Hereditary gastrointestinal polyposis syndromes are rare diseases that confer a significant risk of colorectal and other cancers. Correct diagnosis is needed to ensure patients undergo appropriate screening and follow-up for cancer prevention, and to ascertain risk in family members. Multidisciplinary management is essential to ensure appropriate clinical choices are made, and the involvement of a clinical geneticist is mandatory.

This online course addresses the various types of hereditary gastrointestinal polyposis syndrome. The genetic basis of each syndrome is considered, along with their presentation, extracolonic features, cancer risk, diagnosis, screening, surveillance and treatment options.

The course includes comprehensive PPT slides and video footage. The combined material has a total duration of approximately 50 minutes. The estimated time needed to complete the course, including the final assessment, is 1 hour.

This course was developed by: UEG.

  • To become familiar with hereditary gastrointestinal polyposis syndromes
  • To correctly diagnose hereditary gastrointestinal polyposis syndromes
  • To appropriately manage hereditary gastrointestinal polyposis syndromes

Lead Author

Luigi Ricciardiello, Associate Professor of Gastroenterology, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.


Tomer Adar, Senior Gastroenterologist, Digestive Diseases Institute, Shaare-Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

This course is suitable for gastroenterologists in training and physicians and surgeons in other disciplines, as well as nurses, biotechnicians and advanced-years’ medical students who have an interest in gastroenterology. 

  • The course is designed to last approximately 1 hour in total. 
  • The author and the course editor have declared that they have no conflicts of interest in relation to the material in this course.
  • The production of this course was funded entirely by UEG. No external sponsorship was received.
  • The material used in this course was prepared in 2018.
  • Unless otherwise stated, display items are provided courtesy of the course authors.
  • Learners are invited to test their knowledge at the beginning and the end of the course via a series of 10 MCQs.
  • The course has a pass mark of 70%. Those scoring less than the required pass mark are encouraged to revisit the course and retake the assessment.
  • Release Date: July 2018

            This course, made available on and organised by United European Gastroenterology, is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to award 1 European CME credit (ECMEC).
            Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). Only those e-learning materials that are displayed on the UEMS-EACCME website have formally been accredited.