Hamartomatous polyposis syndromes

Surg Clin North Am. 2008 Aug;88(4):779-817, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2008.05.002.


Since the histologic description of the hamartomatous polyp in 1957 by Horrilleno and colleagues, descriptions have appeared of several different syndromes with the propensity to develop these polyps in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. These syndromes include juvenile polyposis, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, hereditary mixed polyposis syndrome, and the phosphatase and tensin homolog gene (PTEN) hamartoma tumor syndromes (Cowden and Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndromes), which are autosomal-dominantly inherited, and Cronkhite-Canada syndrome, which is acquired. This article reviews the clinical aspects, the molecular pathogenesis, the affected organ systems, the risks of cancer, and the management of these hamartomatous polyposis syndromes. Although the incidence of these syndromes is low, it is important for clinicians to recognize these disorders to prevent morbidity and mortality in these patients, and to perform presymptomatic testing in patients at risk.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
  • Humans
  • Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome* / diagnosis
  • Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome* / genetics
  • Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome* / surgery
  • Prognosis