Journal of Korean Endocrine Society 2003;18(1):85-93.
Published online February 1, 2003.
A Case of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2B associated with a M918T Mutation in RET Proto-Oncogene.
Tae Yong Kim, Jae Kyung Hwang, Min Kyong Moon, Young Joo Park, Do Joon Park, Seong Yeon Kim, Hong Kyu Lee, Yo Kyu Yoon, Bo Youn Cho
1Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
A multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B(MEN2B) is the most distinct and aggressive form of the MEN type 2 variants. We report a case of a 24-years-old woman with MEN2B. The patient had previously undergone a Duhamel's operation due to a megacolon at 6 years old, minor surgery to remove small tumors on the lip at 8 years old, and a bilateral osteotomy of the femur, due to coxa valga, at 15 years old. She underwent a total thyroidectomy and neck dissection, due to a growing thyroid nodule, despite thyroxine treatment, at 19 years old. The pathology revealed a medullary thyroid carcinoma. There was no history of MEN 2B in her family. She had prominent lips, multiple oral mucosal masses, and marfanoid habitus. During the subsequent follow-up, a positron emission tomogram was taken due to a persistently high level of serum calcitonin, despite repeated neck dissections, which revealed a mass in the right adrenal gland. Adrenomedullary function tests showed high levels of urinary catecholamine metabolites, and a genetic analysis of the peripheral leukocyte showed a codon 918 mutation (Met918Thr) at exon 16 of the RET proto-oncogene. The patient underwent a right adrenalectomy and the pathology revealed a pheoch-romocytoma.
Key Words: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B, Medullary thyroid carcinoma, Pheochromocytoma, Mucosal neuroma, RET proto-oncogene

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