Cowden Syndrome

Common Name(s)

Cowden Syndrome, Cowden's Disease

Cowden syndrome is an inherited disorder characterized by multiple noncancerous, tumor-like growths called hamartomas on various areas of the body. Affected individuals are at an increased risk of developing certain cancers, especially cancer of the breast, thyroid or endometrium (lining the uterus). Cowden syndrome is caused by mutations in the PTEN, SDHB, SDHD, and KLLN  genes. This condition is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. In some cases, an affected person inherits the mutation from one affected parent. Other cases may result from new mutations in the gene.
 

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The terms "Cowden Syndrome" returned 46 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Management of reproductive health in Cowden syndrome complicated by endometrial polyps and breast cancer.
 

Author(s): Asli Kalin, Melissa A Merideth, Debra S Regier, Gideon M Blumenthal, Phillip A Dennis, Pamela Stratton

Journal: Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Feb;121(2 Pt 2 Suppl 1):461-4.

 

Cowden syndrome is an autosomal-dominant condition associated with mutations in the tumor suppressor gene PTEN. Gynecologic malignancies are common with a 5-10% risk of endometrial cancer and 25-50% risk of breast cancer.

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2013

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PTEN lipid phosphatase activity and proper subcellular localization are necessary and sufficient for down-regulating AKT phosphorylation in the nucleus in Cowden syndrome.
 

Author(s): Xin He, Motoyasu Saji, Deepa Radhakrishnan, Todd Romigh, Joanne Ngeow, Qi Yu, Yu Wang, Matthew D Ringel, Charis Eng

Journal: J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.. 2012 Nov;97(11):E2179-87.

 

Germline mutations in PTEN are associated with phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) hamartoma tumor syndrome including Cowden syndrome (CS) and Cowden-like syndrome (CSL) that predisposes to high risks of benign and malignant tumors of thyroid and breast.

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2012

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Proliferative retinopathy in Cowden syndrome.
 

Author(s): Qasim Mansoor, David H W Steel

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Cowden syndrome is a multiple hamartoma syndrome with a high risk of breast and thyroid tumours, both benign and malignant. The authors report a 24-year-old female patient who presented with reduced vision in both eyes. Ocular examination showed vitreous haemorrhage secondary to retinal ...

Last Updated: 18 May 2012

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The terms "Cowden Syndrome" returned 3 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Last Updated: 3 May 2004

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Cowden disease or multiple hamartoma syndrome--cutaneous clue to internal malignancy.
 

Author(s): Susanna K Fistarol, Marc D Anliker, Peter H Itin

Journal: Eur J Dermatol. ;12(5):411-21.

 

Cowden disease (CD) #158350, also known as multiple hamartoma syndrome, is a multisystemic cancer predisposition disorder, inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. Mucocutaneous lesions are the most constant features: facial papules, acral keratoses and oral papillomatosis. The ...

Last Updated: 8 Oct 2002

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Cowden syndrome.
 

Author(s): A M Hanssen, J P Fryns

Journal: J. Med. Genet.. 1995 Feb;32(2):117-9.

 

Cowden syndrome, or the multiple hamartoma syndrome, is a familial cancer syndrome with involvement of various organ systems. Inheritance is autosomal dominant with variable expression. Progressive macrocephaly, scrotal tongue, and mild to moderate mental retardation are important ...

Last Updated: 28 Jun 1995

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Last Updated: 14 Mar 2014

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