An inflammatory polyp is exactly that, a mass of inflammation projecting into the bowel from the bowel wall. An inflammatory polyp occurs in the presence of the disease, ulcerative colitis, and occasionally in Crohn’s disease. These polyps have a characteristic appearance. When seen from a distance, they may look like an ordinary adenoma type polyp which should be removed as noted in this Image. When seen up close, they have a whitish surface in many places indicating exudate or pus. There may be many of these scattered throughout the entire colon. These polyps do not become malignant.