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Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer
Other Names for this Disease
- Familial leiomyomatosis
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mutations in the FH gene and is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner.Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer (HLRCC) is a condition that causes benign tumors of smooth muscle tissue in the skin (cutaneous leiomyomas) and in the uterus in females (uterine leiomyomas, or fibroids). The condition also increases the risk of kidney cancer. Signs and symptoms usually begin in adulthood as skin growths appear on the torso, arms, legs, and occasionally on the face. They tend to increase in size and number over time. About 10% to 16% of people with HLRCC develop a type of kidney cancer called renal cell cancer; symptoms of this cancer may include lower back pain, blood in the urine, and/or a mass in the kidney that can be felt by a physician. Some people have no symptoms until the cancer is advanced. HLRCC is caused by
Last updated: 1/9/2014
- Pithukpakorn M, Toro J. Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer. GeneReviews. 2006; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=gene&part=hlrcc#hlrcc.References. Accessed 7/31/2009.
- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
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- Medscape Reference has a page on leiomyoma that includes some information on hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer. You may need to register to view this medical reference page, but registration is free.
- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
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