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Rev Med Interne. 2014 Jan;35(1):21-7. doi: 10.1016/j.revmed.2013.02.022. Epub 2013 Mar 19.

[Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Service de médecine interne, hôpital Saint-André, CHU de Bordeaux, 1, rue Jean-Burguet, 33000 Bordeaux, France. Electronic address: pierre.duffau@chu-bordeaux.fr.
  • 2Service de médecine interne, hôpital du Haut Lévêque, CHU de Bordeaux, avenue Magellan, 33600 Pessac, France.


Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome) is a development disorder of the vasculature characterized by telangiectases and arteriovenous malformations in specific locations. Among monogenic disorders, it is one of the most common, though affected individuals are widely underdiagnosed. The most common features of this disorder, nosebleeds, and telangiectases on the lips, hands, and oral mucosa are often quite subtle. Mutations in at least five genes may result in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, but mutations in two genes (ENG and ACVRL1/ALK1) account for approximately 85% of cases. Optimal management requires understanding the specific clinical patterns of these vascular malformations, especially their locations and timing during life. Therapeutic modulation of angiogenesis may be an effective therapy.

Copyright © 2013 Société nationale française de médecine interne (SNFMI). Published by Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.


Angiogenesis; Angiogenèse; Arteriovenous malformations; Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia; Maladie de Rendu-Osler; Malformation artério-veineuse; Monogenic disease; Transmission autosomique dominante; Épistaxis

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