Symptoms and Gardner Syndrome Eyes
There are no specific symptoms for Gardner syndrome - though if the intestinal polyps grow too large they can cause bleeding. People with the condition are at a higher risk of developing tumours in other parts of the body and some people will have excessive growth of pigmented tissue in the retina.
Polyps associated with this disease tend to appear in the early to mid teens, and almost everyone who has Gardner's syndrome will have polyps by the time they are 35. There can be more than 1,000 of these growths in some individuals. They are often discovered during an endoscopy which is being carried out for other reasons.
Many people with this rare condition will go on to develop cancer, with colon cancer typically occurring some 10-15 years after the onset of the polyps.
Treatments can include removal of the colon as a preventative measure, and managing symptoms of the disease as they arise.
As there is a strong genetic component to Gardner syndrome, close family members of a person with the condition are advised by doctors to undertake tests to see if they have abnormal growths. Though there is no cure at the moment, but an earlier diagnosis means that some complications may be prevented.