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MEN type 2A (Sipple syndrome)
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 D44.8
ICD-9 258.02
OMIM 171400
DiseasesDB 7984
MedlinePlus 000399
eMedicine med/1520
MeSH D018813

Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (also known as "Pheochromocytoma and amyloid producing medullary thyroid carcinoma"[1] and "Sipple syndrome"[1]) is a group of medical disorders associated with tumors of the endocrine system. The tumors may be benign or malignant (cancer). They generally occur in endocrine organs (e.g. thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenals), but may also occur in endocrine tissues of organs not classically thought of as endocrine.

MEN2 is a sub-type of MEN (multiple endocrine neoplasia) and itself has sub-types, as discussed below.



Before gene testing was available, the type and location of tumors determined which type of MEN2 a person had. Gene testing now allows a diagnosis before tumors or symptoms develop.

A table in the multiple endocrine neoplasia article compares the various MEN syndromes. MEN2 and MEN1 are distinct conditions, despite their similar names. MEN2 includes MEN2A, MEN2B and familial medullary thyroid cancer.

The common feature among the three sub-types of MEN2 is a high propensity to develop medullary thyroid carcinoma.


MEN2 can present with a sign or symptom related to a tumor or, in the case of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2b, with characteristic musculoskeletal and/or lip and/or gastrointestinal findings.

Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) represent the most frequent initial diagnosis. Occasionally pheochromocytoma and primary hyperparathyroidism may be the initial diagnosis.

MEN2A associates medullary thyroid carcinoma with pheochromocytoma in about 20-50% of cases and with primary hyperparathyroidism in 5-20% of cases.

MEN2B associates medullary thyroid carcinoma with pheochromocytoma in 50% of cases, with marfanoid habitus and with mucosal and digestive ganglioneuromatosis.

In familial isolated medullary thyroid carcinoma the other components of the disease are absent.


Management of MEN2 patients include thyroidectomy including cervical central and bilateral lymph nodes dissection for MTC, unilateral adrenalectomy for unilateral pheochromocytoma or bilateral adrenalectomy when both glands are involved and selective resection of pathologic parathyroid glands for primary hyperparathyroidism.

Familial genetic screening to identify at risk subjects who will develop the disease and to allow manage at the earliest stage of the disease by performing early or prophylactic thyroidectomy giving them the best chance of cure is recommended.

Prognosis of MEN2 is mainly related to the stage-dependant prognosis of MTC indicating the necessity of a complete thyroid surgery for index cases with MTC and the early thyroidectomy for screened at risk subjects.


The table in the multiple endocrine neoplasia article lists the genes involved in the various MEN syndromes. Most cases of MEN2 derive from a variation in the RET proto-oncogene, and are specific for cells of neural crest origin.

The protein produced by the RET gene plays an important role in the TGF-beta (transforming growth factor beta) signaling system. Because the TGF-beta system operates in numerous tissues throughout the body, variations in the RET gene can have effects in numerous tissues throughout the body.

MEN2 generally results from a gain-of-function variant of a RET gene. Other diseases, such as Hirschsprung disease, result from loss-of-function variants. OMIM #164761 lists the syndromes associated with the RET gene.


Most cases of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 are inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern.

When inherited, multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 is transmitted in an autosomal dominant pattern, which means affected people have one affected parent, and possibly-affected siblings and children. Some cases, however, result from spontaneous new mutations in the RET gene. These cases occur in people with no family history of the disorder. In MEN2B, for example, about half of all cases arise as spontaneous new mutations.

Differences in presentation

As noted, all types of MEN2 include pheochromocytoma, and medullary thyroid carcinoma.

MEN2A is additionally characterized by the presence of parathyroid hyperplasia or tumor.

MEN2B is additionally characterized by the presence of mucocutaneous neuroma, gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. constipation and flatulence), and muscular hypotonia.

MEN2B can present with a Marfanoid habitus.[2]


In November 2007, cardiologist John G. Sotos announced his hypothesis that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States (18611865), had MEN 2B.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0.  
  2. ^ Wray CJ, Rich TA, Waguespack SG, Lee JE, Perrier ND, Evans DB (January 2008). "Failure to recognize multiple endocrine neoplasia 2B: more common than we think?". Ann. Surg. Oncol. 15 (1): 293–301. doi:10.1245/s10434-007-9665-4. PMID 17963006.  
  3. ^ The Physical Lincoln
  4. ^ Brown, David (2007-11-26). "Is Lincoln Earliest Recorded Case of Rare Disease?". Retrieved 2007-11-26.  


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