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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2001 Oct;34(5):863-79, vi.

Genetics of familial paragangliomas: past, present, and future.

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Department of Psychiatry, Otolaryngology, and Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-2593, USA. baysalbe@msx.upmc.edu

Abstract

Genetic studies of hereditary paraganglioma tumors could increase the understanding of the biology of these fascinating tumors, with important clinical implications for diagnosis and treatment. This article focuses on the genetics of paraganglioma tumors, with limited reference to their general morphologic and clinical aspects. The paraganglioma tumor phenotype is defined. The genetic and physical mapping studies recently performed are summarized--studies that eventually led to the discovery of the gene for hereditary paraganglioma type 1 (PGL1). Finally, future directions stemming from the PGL gene discovery are described.

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