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Peutz Jeghers syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Lentiginosis, perioral
  • Periorificial lentiginosis syndrome
  • Peutz-Jeghers polyposis
  • PJS
  • Polyposis, hamartomatous intestinal
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Overview

Peutz-Jeghers syndrome(PJS) is an autosomal dominant genetic condition characterized by multiple benign polyps called hamartomas on the mucous lining in the gastrointestinal system. T hese polyps occur most often in the small intestine but also occur in the stomach and large intestine. Affected individuals also have dark skin discoloration, especially around the eyes, nostrils, mucous membranes of the mouth, perianal area and inside the mouth. Affected individuals have an increased risk for intestinal and other cancers.[1] Most cases of PJS can be attributed to mutations in the STK11 gene.[2]
Last updated: 3/4/2010

References

  1. Peutz Jeghers Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2007; http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Peutz%20Jeghers%20Syndrome. Accessed 9/3/2009.
  2. Peutz-Jeghers syndrome. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). 2006; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/ghr/disease/peutzjegherssyndrome. Accessed 9/3/2009.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Lentiginosis, perioral
  • Periorificial lentiginosis syndrome
  • Peutz-Jeghers polyposis
  • PJS
  • Polyposis, hamartomatous intestinal
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.