source: National Society of Genetic Counselors
Sumedha Ghate, Anna Leininger, Cindy Hoyle Solomon, Nicole Teed, Jill Brensinger Trimbath
FAP stands for Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. That is a lot to say, so most people just call it FAP. Another name for FAP is Gardner syndrome. They are different names for the same condition. FAP affects many parts of the body, but mostly the digestive system. This system breaks down food to give you energy and makes waste. When you eat, the food that you swallow goes down a tube called the esophagus and into your stomach. It goes from your stomach to your small intestine, and enters your colon. The job of the colon is to remove extra water or fluid from the waste. The waste from your body then moves from the colon to the rectum, and is pushed out when you have a bowel movement (go poop).