Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 is a group of medical disorders associated with tumors of the endocrine system. The tumors may be benign or malignant. They generally occur in endocrine organs, but may also occur in endocrine tissues of organs not classically thought of as endocrine. MEN2 is a sub-type of MEN and itself has sub-types, as discussed below. Classification Before gene testing was available, the type and location of tumors determined which type of MEN2 a person had.
Gene testing now allows a diagnosis before tumors or symptoms develop. A table in the multiple endocrine neoplasia article compares the various MEN syndromes. MEN2 and MEN1 are distinct conditions, despite their similar names. MEN2 includes MEN2A, MEN2B and familial medullary thyroid cancer.
The common feature among the three sub-types of MEN2 is a high propensity to develop medullary thyroid carcinoma. Signs and symptoms MEN2 can present with a sign or symptom related to a tumor or, in the case of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2b, with characteristic musculoskeletal and/or lip and/or gastrointestinal findings. Medullary thyroid carcinoma represent the most frequent initial diagnosis. Occasionally pheochromocytoma and primary hyperparathyroidism may be the initial diagnosis.
Pheochromocytoma occurs in 50% of cases. In MEN2A primary hyperparathyroidism occurs in only 10–30% and is usually diagnosed after the third decade of life. It can occur in children but this is rare. It may be the sole clinical manifestation of this syndrome but this is unusual. MEN2A associates medullary thyroid carcinoma with pheochromocytoma in about 20–50% of cases and with primary hyperparathyroidism in 5–20% of cases. MEN2B associates medullary thyroid carcinoma with pheochromocytoma in 50% of cases, with marfanoid habitus and with mucosal and digestive neurofibromatosis. In familial isolated medullary thyroid carcinoma the other components of the disease are absent.
In a review of 85 patients 70 had Men2A and 15 had Men2B. The initial manifestation of MEN2 was medullary thyroid carcinoma in 60% of patients, medullary thyroid carcinoma synchronous with pheochromocytoma in 34% and pheochromocytoma alone in 6%. 72% had bilateral pheochromocytomas.
Management Management of MEN2 patients includes thyroidectomy including cervical central and bilateral lymph nodes dissection for MTC, unilateral adrenalectomy for unilateral pheochromocytoma or bilateral adrenalectomy when both glands are involved and selective resection of pathologic parathyroid glands for primary hyperparathyroidism. Familial genetic screening is recommended to identify at risk subjects who will develop the disease, permitting early management by performing prophylactic thyroidectomy, giving them the best chance of cure. Prognosis of MEN2 is mainly related to the stage-dependant prognosis of MTC indicating the necessity of a complete thyroid surgery for index cases with MTC and the early thyroidectomy for screened at risk subjects. Causes The table in the multiple endocrine neoplasia article lists the genes involved in the various MEN syndromes. Most cases of MEN2 derive from a variation in the RET proto-oncogene, and are specific for cells of neural crest origin.
A database of MEN" implicated RET mutations is maintained by the University of Utah Department of Physiology. The protein produced by the RET gene plays an important role in the TGF-beta signaling system. Because the TGF-beta system operates in nervous tissues throughout the body, variations in the RET gene can have effects in nervous tissues throughout the body. MEN2 generally results from a gain-of-function variant of a RET gene. Other diseases, such as Hirschsprung disease, result from loss-of-function variants. OMIM #164761 lists the syndromes associated with the RET gene.
Genetics When inherited, multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 is transmitted in an autosomal dominant pattern, which means affected people have one affected parent, and possibly-affected siblings and children. Some cases, however, result from spontaneous new mutations in the RET gene. These cases occur in people with no family history of the disorder. In MEN2B, for example, about half of all cases arise as spontaneous new mutations. Differences in presentation As noted, all types of MEN2 include pheochromocytoma and medullary thyroid carcinoma. MEN2A is additionally characterized by the presence of parathyroid hyperplasia.
MEN2B is additionally characterized by the presence of mucocutaneous neuroma, gastrointestinal symptoms, and muscular hypotonia. MEN2B can present with a Marfanoid habitus. See also Multiple endocrine neoplasia Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2b Multiple mucosal neuromata References External links MEN2 gene variant database GeneReviewUW entry on Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2 The Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders.
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