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Acromegaly in Carney Complex


Acromegaly in Carney Complex

T Cuny et al. Pituitary.


Purpose: Carney complex (CNC) is a rare autosomal dominant syndrome, characterized by mucocutaneous pigmentation, cardiac, cutaneous myxomas and endocrine overactivity. It is generally caused by inactivating mutations in the PRKAR1A (protein kinase cAMP-dependent type I regulatory subunit alpha) gene. Acromegaly is an infrequent manifestation of CNC, reportedly diagnosed in 10% of patients.

Methods: We here report the case of a patient who was concomitantly diagnosed with Carney complex, due to a new mutation in PRKAR1A ((NM_002734.3:c.80_83del, p.(Ile27Lysfs*101 in exon 2), and acromegaly. In parallel, we conducted an extensive review of published case reports of acromegaly in the setting of CNC.

Results: The 43-year-old patient was diagnosed with an acromegaly due to a GH-secreting pituitary microadenoma resistant to somatostatin analogs. He underwent transsphenoidal surgery in our tertiary referral center, which found a pure GH-secreting adenoma. In the literature, we identified 57 cases (24 men, 33 women) of acromegaly in CNC patients. The median age at diagnosis was 28.8 ± 12 year and there were 6 cases of gigantism. Acromegaly revealed CNC in only 4 patients. 24 patients had a microadenoma and two carried pituitary hyperplasia and/or multiple adenomas, suggesting that CNC may result in a higher proportion of microadenoma as compared to non-CNC acromegaly.

Conclusions: Although it rarely reveals CNC, acromegaly is diagnosed at a younger age in this setting, with a higher proportion of microadenomas.

Keywords: Acromegaly; Carney complex; Microadenoma; Myxoma; PRKAR1A.

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