multiple endocrine neoplasiamedical dictionary

(type I) This is a hereditary disorder in which two or more of the following glands: parathyroid, pancreas, pituitary, adrenals or thyroid develop hyperplasia or a tumour.

(type II) This is a hereditary disorder in which two or more of the following glands: thyroid, adrenal or parathyroid, develop overgrowth (hyperplasia) or malignant cells (cancer). The underlying cause is genetic and a positive family history for this illness is a risk factor.

Incidence: approximately 3 in 100,000 people in the general population.

Origin: Gr. Plassein = to form

(27 Sep 1997)