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PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome: Introduction

PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome: PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome is a group of conditions caused by a mutation in the PTEN gene. The primary characteristic of the condition is the development of multiple hamartomas (tumor-like growth) in virtually any part of the body. The growths are generally not cancerous but patients often have an increased risk of developing various cancers. Specific conditions covered by this term are Cowden syndrome, BAnnayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba Syndrome and Proteus syndrome. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome is available below.

Symptoms of PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

  • Multiple hamartomas
  • Bumps under skin
  • Mucosal lesions
  • Variable other symptoms depending on the specific subtype and the location of the hamartoma.
  • Large head
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Treatments for PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

  • There is no specific treatment - symptoms are treated as they occur.
  • Hamartomas involving mucous membranes may be resolved using: cryosurgery, curettage, laser ablation, topical agents such as 5-fluorouracil
  • Hamartomas involving the skin are only removed if there is a risk of cancer or it is causing significant pain or is particularly unsightly
  • The condition is inherited so genetic counseling is recommended
  • Close monitoring for cancer is required during adulthood - the cancers rarely occur during childhood. To minimize the adult cancer risk various recommendations are made: have a healthy lifestyle and diet, avoid excessive sun exposure, wear sun protection and avoid smoking or exposure to cigarette smoke. During adulthood, regular examinations for cancers should be undertaken:
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PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome: Complications

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Causes of PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

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PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

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Hospitals & Clinics: PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

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PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome: Rare Types

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Prognosis for PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

Prognosis for PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome: The prognosis is variable depending on the individual case. Prognosis can be improved by closely monitoring for the development of cancer.

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More information about PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

  1. PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Complications
  9. Prognosis

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