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It’s Mnemonic Monday! REED Syndrome

On this Mnemonic Monday, we challenge you to remember the mutation and clinical manifestations of REED syndrome, also known as familial leiomyomatosis.



Read (aka REED) syndrome

Leiomyomatosis (uterine and cutaneous)

RCC (type II papillary renal cell carcinoma)

Fumarate hydratase (autosomal dominant mutation)

This mnemonic refers to REED syndrome, including its associated mutation and clinical manifestations. REED syndrome is characterized by an autosomal dominant mutation in fumarate hydratase. Its clinical manifestations include cutaneous and uterine leiomyomatosis as well as type II papillary renal cell carcinoma.

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Study More!

Need a refresher on REED syndrome? Check out page 232 of your 2020 Derm In-Review Study Guide.

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Further Reading

Check out the following case report published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD):

Cutaneous Clues to Renal Cell Carcinoma: Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Carcinoma

JDD authors present a case of a 33-year-old female who was incidentally found to have cutaneous leiomyomata during a routine skin examination. Further history revealed that she also suffered from uterine fibroids and that her mother had died at an early age from renal cell carcinoma. This case serves as a reminder of the often-subtle cutaneous clues, as well as the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, for early diagnosis of potentially fatal conditions.

J Drugs Dermatol. 2013;12(5):578-579.

Read the full article here.

Test your knowledge!

A patient presents with these lesions. If multiple are found, which of the following should be screened for?

A: Gastric

B: Lung

C: Breast

D: Renal

E: Colon


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