Peutz-jeghers syndrome Q85.8

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 05.12.2021

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Hutchinson-Weber-Peutz Syndrome; Intestinal polyposis with melanoplakia; Lentiginosis periorifiziale; Lentigopolypose; Melanoplakia with intestinal polyposis; Melanoplakia with intestinal polyps; OMIM 175200; Periorifizial lentiginosis; Peutz-Touraine-Jeghers Syndrome; Pigmentation polypose; Polyposis intestinalis et Ephelides inversae

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Hutchinson, 1896; Peutz, 1921; Jeghers, 1949

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Rare, autosomal dominantly inherited polytopic tumor syndrome with a monitory lentiginosis (leading clinical symptom) of the lips, nose and buccal mucosa as well as intestinal hamartous polyps and carcinomas which manifest themselves mainly in the small intestine. Association with other tumors of internal organs is possible (see below).

Note: Peutz-Jeghers syndrome belongs to the family of familial lentiginosis syndromes. This further includes the following syndromes:

From a gastroenterological point of view, the syndrome is counted among the Hamartous Polyposis Syndromes .

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Worldwide occurrence among numerous ethnic groups, no gender preference. Incidence: 1/60.000-300.000 inhabitants.

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Autosomal-dominantly inherited mutations of the Peutz-Jegher syndrome gene(STK11/LKB1) mapped to gene locus 19p13.3, with consecutive disruption of serine-threonine protein kinase 11, which modulates cell proliferation.

Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) of the chromosomal region where the STK11 gene is located has been demonstrated in 70% of all hamartomatous polyps and adenocarcinomas of Peutz-Jeghers syndrome.

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Lentigines from birth or in early childhood; intestinal polyps 2nd-3rd decade of life (mean age of onset of the disease: 35 years)

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Especially perioral and periorbital areas, red lips, oral mucosa (cheek mucosa) and conjunctiva are affected.

Nails with brown longitudinal stripes

Polyposis mainly affects the small intestine, more rarely the stomach and large intestine.

Clinical features
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Intraoral lentiginosis: Bizarre, dark to black-brown, spatter-like hyperpigmentation (lentigines).

Less frequently, nail pigmentation (diffuse or longitudinal streaks).

Abdominal complaints due to small intestinal polyposis are to be expected in some patients (early adulthood).

Furthermore, there is an increased risk for a wide spectrum of malignancies:

  • Pancreatic carcinoma (C25.9) - the lifetime risk is about 40%.
  • bronchial carcinoma
  • endocrine tumors
  • neuroendocrine carcinomas
  • thyroid carcinoma
  • colon carcinoma
  • genital carcinomas: cervix, ovaries, testicles

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Pigmentary spots: Partly ephelidene like ( Ephelids), partly lentigines like ( Lentigo).

Differential diagnosis
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For cosmetic reasons, the lentigines can be covered with camouflage (e.g. Dermacolor, Unifiance). In case of severe cosmetic impairment, laser therapy of the pigment spots can be attempted.

Regular lifelong monitoring and, if necessary, treatment of the polyposis is important.

Clinical screening for non-intestinal tumours.

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Pigmentation spots of the skin are partially regressible.

Oral lentiginosis remains constant.

Malignant degeneration of the small intestinal hamartomas is rare.

Important is the high association (90% of patients) with other internal neoplasms.

Thus, endoscopic GI prevention is of great importance from the age of 20.

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Last updated on: 05.12.2021