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Brooke-Spiegler syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Ancell-Spiegler cylindromas
  • BRSS
  • SBS
  • Spiegler-Brooke syndrome
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Brooke-Spiegler syndrome is a condition characterized by multiple skin tumors that develop from structures associated with the skin, such as sweat glands and hair follicles. People with Brooke-Spiegler syndrome may develop several types of tumors, including growths called spiradenomas, trichoepitheliomas, and cylindromas. The tumors associated with Brooke-Spiegler syndrome are generally benign (noncancerous), but occasionally they may become malignant (cancerous).[1] Individuals with Brooke-Spiegler syndrome are also at increased risk of developing tumors in tissues in other areas, particularly benign or malignant tumors of the salivary or parotid glands and basal cell carcinomas.[1][2] Brooke-Spiegler syndrome is caused by mutations in the CYLD gene. Susceptibility to Brooke-Spiegler syndrome has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell increases the risk of developing this condition. However, a second, non-inherited mutation is required for development of skin appendage tumors in this disorder.[1]
Last updated: 7/12/2013


  1. Brooke-Spiegler syndrome. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). June 2012; Accessed 7/12/2013.
  2. Rare Skin Cancer Syndromes. National Cancer Institute (NCI). May 2013; Accessed 7/12/2012.
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