Delayed diagnosis of MEN 2B syndrome: a pitfall for the unwary

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Abstract

In this paper we highlight the importance of recognising gastrointestinal symptoms as an early sign of metastatic medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) as part of MEN 2B syndrome. We describe the case of a patient with many years of intractable chronic diarrhoea, who underwent numerous futile investigations at multiple centres. The diagnosis was finally made at a much advanced stage of the disease. We review presentation, diagnosis and management of MTC in sporadic and familial settings.

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  • Authors: AA Qureshi, S Verma & P Jani
  • Keywords: Investigations for chronic diarrhoea; incidence of thyroid medullary carcinoma; calcitonin and diarrhoea; incidence of MEN 2B; presentation of MEN 2B; diagnosis of MEN 2B; gastrointestinal symptoms in MEN 2B
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