Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • MEN-1
  • MEN-1 syndrome
  • multiple endocrine adenomatosis
  • Wermer’s syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) type 1 is a rare genetic disorder in which benign (noncancerous) tumors arise from the cells of various glands of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is the network of glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream where they travel to various areas of the body. These hormones regulate the chemical processes (metabolism) that influence the function of various organs and activities within the body. Hormones are involved in numerous vital processes including regulating heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure as well as cell differentiation and growth and also in modulation of several metabolic processes. In individuals with MEN type 1, benign tumors develop in multiple endocrine glands, most often the parathyroid, pancreas and pituitary glands. These affected glands secrete excessive amounts of hormones into the bloodstream, which can result in a variety of symptoms. Some benign tumors associated with MEN type 1 can become malignant (cancerous). MEN type 1 can run in families or can occur as the result of a new gene mutation in the affected person.
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Resources

Pituitary Network Association (PNA)
P.O. Box 1958
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
USA
Tel: (805)499-9973
Fax: (805)480-0633
Email: pna@pituitary.org
Internet: http://www.pituitary.org, www.acromegaly.org

American Cancer Society, Inc.
1599 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
USA
Tel: (404)320-3333
Tel: (800)227-2345
TDD: (866)228-4327
Internet: http://www.cancer.org

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Endocrine Diseases Metabolic Diseases Branch
2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
Tel: (301)654-3810
Fax: (301)496-7422
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niddk.nih.gov

Canadian Multiple Endocrine Neoplasm Society, Inc.
Box 100
Meota
Saskatchewan, SOM 1XO
Canada
Tel: 3068922080
Fax: 306-892-2587
Email: men.society@sasketel.net
Internet: http://www.mensociety.com

Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc.
333 Mamaroneck Avenue #492
White Plains, NY 10605
USA
Tel: (914)683-1001
Fax: (914)683-0183
Tel: (888)722-3132
Email: carcinoid@optonline.net
Internet: http://www.carcinoid.org

Hormone Foundation
8401 Connecticut Ave
Suite 900
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Fax: (310)941-0259
Tel: (800)467-6663
Email: hormone@endo-society.org
Internet: http://www.hormone.org

Pituitary Foundation
PO Box 1944
Bristol, BS99 2UB
UK
Tel: 0845 450 0376
Fax: 0845 450 0376 ext.6
Email: helpline@pituitary.org.uk
Internet: http://www.pituitary.org.uk

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