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T Dwight, S Kytola, BT Teh, G Theodosopoulos, AL Richardson, J Philips, S Twigg, L Delbridge, DJ Marsh, AE Nelson, C Larsson, and BG Robinson

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the primary genetic events that may underlie the formation of parathyroid tumors in patients with lithium-associated hyperparathyroidism (HPT). METHODS: Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 gene (MEN1) mutation analysis were used to analyze twelve parathyroid tumors from nine patients with lithium-associated HPT. For comparison, CGH was also carried out in a non-lithium-associated group of thirteen sporadic parathyroid tumors. RESULTS: A higher prevalence of multiglandular disease in the lithium-associated HPT patients compared with the idiopathic sporadic patients was observed (Fisher's exact test, P=0.02). CGH alterations were detected in four lithium-associated parathyroid tumors, involving loss at 1p, 11, 15q, 22q and gain of the X chromosome. In addition, one of these four cases exhibited LOH at 11q13 and was found to contain a novel somatic MEN1 mutation (c.1193insTAC). Although fewer lithium-associated parathyroid tumors were shown to contain genetic alterations compared with the sporadic parathyroid tumors, the changes detected were those frequently associated with both familial and sporadic parathyroid tumorigenesis. CONCLUSION: This is, to our knowledge, the first genetic analysis of parathyroid tumors in lithium-associated HPT patients. Our data indicated that the majority of lithium-associated parathyroid tumors do not contain gross chromosomal alterations and suggest that in most cases the tumorigenic pathway is independent of MEN1 and genes at 1p34.3-pter and 1q21-q32. It is possible that other discrete genetic alterations or epigenetic changes, not screened for in this study, could also be responsible for parathyroid tumorigenesis in lithium-associated HPT.

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Juliette Maurel, Rosine Guimbaud, Thierry Lecomte, Astrid Lièvre, Vincent Hautefeuille, Philip Robinson, Laurent Francois, Catherine Lombard-Bohas, Julien Forestier, Laurent Milot, Fabien Subtil, and Thomas Walter


Literature on patient-reported outcomes (PRO) of carcinoid syndrome symptoms (CSS) is scarce. We used a patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) to evaluate CSS, the domains of daily life impacted by CSS, the main symptoms that affect daily life, its change according to clinical, biological and morphological evolution, and the risk factors for a poor PRO-CSS score.


Patients completed the PRO-CSS, EORTC-QLQ30, and GI-NET21 questionnaires at the time of their clinical, laboratory, and morphological assessments in a multicentre French cohort study from February 2019 to May 2020.


In total, 147 patients with metastatic ileal (n =126), lung (n =20), or unknown primitive neuroendocrine tumour but high 5-hydroxyindole-3-acetic acid level (n =1) were included; 42 (32%) received an above-label dose of somatostatin analogues. Fifty-one (35%) patients had a poor PRO-CSS score. Travelling and food restriction were the two main domains affected. Diarrhoea (mean: 2.3/5 on Likert scale), imperiousness (mean of 2.5/5), fatigue (2.2/5), abdominal pain (1.7/5), and flushing episodes (1.5/5) were the main symptoms affecting daily life. The PRO-CSS score was not correlated to the clinical assessment performed by physicians at the baseline and during the follow-up. Patients with a poor PRO-CSS score had a higher tumour burden.


PROM-CSS may help physicians make an objective assessment of CSS and its impact in daily practice; this tool could become a key evaluation criterion in clinical trials focusing on CSS.