Acromegaly in a multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN 1) family with low penetrance of the disease

Koen M.A. Dreijerink, André P. van Beek, Eef G.W.M. Lentjes, Jan G. Post, Rob B. van der Luijt, Marijke R. Canninga-van Dijk, Cornelis J.M. Lips

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Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is an inherited syndrome that is characterised by the occurrence of tumours in the parathyroid glands, the endocrine pancreas, the pituitary gland and the adrenal glands and by neuroendocrine carcinoid tumours, often at a young age. The penetrance of MEN1 among gene carriers is reported to be high; 82-99% at age 50. We present a patient with a history of parathyroid adenomas also showing signs of acromegaly. He turned out to be a carrier of a MEN1 germ-line mutation in intron 3 (IVS3-6C > G). This germ-line mutation was also found in nine of his family members. However, none of these relatives have developed any MEN1-related lesion yet, although several are older than 60 years. To our knowledge, a MEN1 family with as few clinical features as this family has not been reported to date. Because MEN1 patients have an increased risk of developing acromegaly, insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I) levels are monitored periodically. We investigated whether IGF-I levels might serve as a presymptomatic marker for acromegaly; 9% (3/33) of MEN1 patients showed temporary IGF-I elevations. One patient (1/3) later developed clinical signs of acromegaly. Possibly, acromegaly in MEN1 is preceded by a transient preacromegalic state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-746
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean journal of endocrinology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005

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