Gardner syndrome

Topic Completed: 24 February 2021

Minor changes: 5 March 2021

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PubMed Search: Gardner syndrome [title] colon tumor

Jennifer Findeis-Hosey, M.D.
Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D.
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Cite this page: Findeis-Hosey J, Gonzalez RS. Gardner syndrome. website. Accessed October 24th, 2021.
Definition / general
Essential features
  • Features of FAP and extraintestinal lesions, including desmoid tumors, bone osteomas and fibromas
  • Due to a mutation in the APC tumor suppressor gene
  • Rarely also called Plenk-Gardner syndrome
  • Incidence of 1 per million in U.S.
  • Colonic adenomatous polyps plus extraintestinal features, including multiple osteomas (skull, mandible and long bones), epidermal cysts, desmoid fibromatosis (10%, usually arise after intra-abdominal surgery, aggressive and may cause death), fibromas, lipomas, impacted and supernumerary teeth, dental cysts and congenital hypertrophy of retinal pigment epithelium
Radiology images

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Abdominal CT showing
desmoid fibromatosis
in Gardner syndrome

Case reports
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Innumerable colon polyps from Gardner patient

Desmoid fibromatosis

Board review style question #1
Gardner syndrome is caused by a germline mutation in what gene?

  1. APC
  2. BRAF
  3. MLH1
  4. STK11
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