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Carney complex

Other Names for this Disease
  • CAR
  • Carney myxoma-endocrine complex
  • Carney syndrome
  • CNC1
  • LAMB syndrome
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Carney complex is a hereditary cancer syndrome characterized by spotty skin pigmentation, cardiac (heart) myxomas (tumors composed of mucous connective tissue), skin myxomas, and endocrine gland tumors. Some families with this condition have been found to have mutations in the PRKAR1A gene. Carney syndrome is believed to be inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, which means that an affected parent has a 50% chance of passing on the affected gene to each of his/her children.[1]
Last updated: 3/22/2010


  1. Stratakis CA, Horvath A. Carney Complex. Gene Reviews. January 10, 2008; Accessed 8/25/2008.
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