Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Cancer and the Peutz-Jeghers syndrome.
  1. A D Spigelman,
  2. V Murday,
  3. R K Phillips
  1. St Mark's Hospital, London.


    Among 72 patients with the Peutz-Jeghers syndrome malignant tumours have developed in 16 (22%) of whom all but one have died. There were nine gastrointestinal and seven nongastrointestinal tumours. The relative risks of death from gastrointestinal cancer and all cancers were 13 (95% CI 2.7-38.1) and 9 (95% CI 4.2-17.3) respectively. The chance of dying of cancer by the age of 57 was 48%. There is evidence for a hamartoma/carcinoma sequence in the Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, suggesting that the gene locus involved is relevant to the development of malignancy in general.

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.