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Von Hippel-Lindau disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • VHL syndrome
  • VHL
  • Von Hippel-Lindau disease
  • Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome
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Overview

Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is an inherited disorder characterized by the abnormal growth of both benign and cancerous tumors and cysts in many parts of the body. Tumors usually first appear in young adulthood. The types of tumors associated with VHL disease include hemangioblastomas (slow-growing tumors of the central nervous system); kidney cysts and clear cell renal cell carcinoma; pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors; pheochromocytomas (noncancerous tumors of the adrenal glands); and endolymphatic sac tumors. VHL disease is caused by a mutation in the VHL gene and is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Early detection and treatment of VHL disease is important, and usually involves surgical removal of tumors.[1][2]
Last updated: 2/2/2016

References

  1. Carlijn Frantzen, Timothy D Klasson, Thera P Links, and Rachel H Giles. Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome. GeneReviews. August 6, 2015; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1463/.
  2. Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome. Genetics Home Reference. July, 2012; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/von-hippel-lindau-syndrome.
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Basic Information

  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Von Hippel-Lindau disease. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
  • The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
  • The VHL Alliance provides information about VHL for patients and caregivers.

In Depth Information

  • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a 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.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Von Hippel-Lindau disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.

Selected Full-Text Journal Articles

  • Click here to read a review article published in the Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology about Von Hippel-Lindau disease entitled: Von Hippel–Lindau Disease: Molecular Pathological Basis, Clinical Criteria, Genetic Testing, Clinical Features of Tumors and Treatment
Other Names for this Disease
  • VHL syndrome
  • VHL
  • Von Hippel-Lindau disease
  • Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.