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01.12.2014 | Original Article | Ausgabe 4/2014

Familial Cancer 4/2014

Phenotype of SDHB mutation carriers in the Netherlands

Familial Cancer > Ausgabe 4/2014
Leonie T. van Hulsteijn, Nienke D. Niemeijer, Frederik J. Hes, Jean-Pierre Bayley, Carli M. Tops, Jeroen C. Jansen, Eleonora P. M. Corssmit


SDHB mutation carriers are predisposed to developing paragangliomas (PGLs). The objective of this study was to assess genotype–phenotype correlations of a Dutch cohort of SDHB mutation carriers and assess potential differences in clinical phenotypes related to specific SDHB founder mutations. Forty-seven consecutive SDHB mutation carriers were included. Initial screening consisted of measurement of 24 h urinary excretion of catecholamines and their metabolites in duplicate, repeated annually if initial biochemical screening was negative. Whole-body imaging studies with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) and/or 123I-MIBG scintigraphy were performed in case of catecholamine excess, and MRI or CT scans of thorax, abdomen and pelvis were performed every 2 years regardless of catecholamine levels. Repetitive head-and-neck MRI was performed at 2 year intervals. Mean follow-up was 3.6 ± 3.6 years. Twenty-seven persons (57 %) carried the SDHB c.423+1 G>A mutation and seven persons (15 %) the SDHB c.201-4429_287-933del (exon 3 deletion) mutation. No differences were found in the clinical phenotype of carriers of these two specific SDHB mutations. By end of follow-up, 49 % of SDHB mutation carriers displayed no biochemical or radiological evidence of manifest disease, i.e. they were unaffected carriers. Three persons (6 %) had been diagnosed with a pheochromocytoma (PCC), four with a sympathetic PGL (sPGL) (9 %), 18 with a HNPGL (38 %), and two persons (4 %) had developed a malignant paraganglioma, i.e. metastatic disease. In conclusion, the two main Dutch SDHB founder mutations do not differ in clinical expression and result in a relatively mild phenotype. Over one-third of SDHB mutation carriers develop HNPGL, with sPGL/PCC in only 15 % and malignancy in only 4 %.

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