Carney complex

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Carney complex and its subsets LAMB syndrome[1] and NAME syndrome[1] are autosomal dominant conditions comprising myxomas of the heart and skin, hyperpigmentation of the skin (lentiginosis), and endocrine overactivity.[2][3] It is distinct from Carney's triad. Approximately 7% of all cardiac myxomas are associated with Carney complex.[4]

Carney complex
Other namesLAMB syndrome
SpecialtyOncology, cardiology Edit this on Wikidata


The spotty skin pigmentation and lentigines occur most commonly on the face, especially on the lips, eyelids, conjunctiva and oral mucosa.[3] Cardiac myxomas may lead to embolic strokes and heart failure[4] and may present with fever, joint pain, shortness of breath, diastolic rumble and tumor plop. Myxomas may also occur outside the heart, usually in the skin and breast. Endocrine tumors may manifest as disorders such as Cushing syndrome. The most common endocrine gland manifestation is an ACTH-independent Cushing's syndrome due to primary pigmented nodular adrenocortical disease (PPNAD).[citation needed]

The LAMB acronym refers to lentigines, atrial myxomas, and blue nevi.[1] NAME refers to nevi, atrial myxoma, myxoid neurofibromas, and ephelides.[1]

Testicular cancer, particularly Sertoli cell type, is associated with Carney syndrome.[5] Thyroid and pancreas cancer may also occur.[6][7]

Although J Aidan Carney also described Carney's triad it is entirely different.[8]


Carney complex is most commonly caused by mutations in the PRKAR1A gene on chromosome 17 (17q23-q24)[9] which may function as a tumor-suppressor gene. The encoded protein is a type 1A regulatory subunit of protein kinase A. Inactivating germline mutations of this gene are found in 70% of people with Carney complex.[citation needed]

Less commonly, the molecular pathogenesis of Carney complex is a variety of genetic changes at chromosome 2 (2p16).[10][11]

Both types of Carney complex are autosomal dominant. Despite dissimilar genetics, there appears to be no phenotypic difference between PRKAR1A and chromosome 2p16 mutations.[10]



Cardiac myxomas can be difficult to manage surgically because of recurrence within the heart, often far away from the site of the initial tumor.[3][4]


In 1914 an American neurosurgeon, Harvey Cushing, reported on a patient with a pituitary tumour on whom he had operated.[12] The post mortem findings as reported were consistent with Carney complex, though at the time this condition had yet to be described. In 2017 archived tissue from the operation in Cushing's report was subjected to DNA sequencing, revealing an Arg74His (arginine to histidine: guanine (G)-> adenosine (A) transition in the second codon position of the 74th codon in the protein) mutation in the PRKAR1A gene, confirming a diagnosis of Carney complex. Therefore, Cushing's paper appears to be the first report of this complex.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c d Carney Syndrome at eMedicine
  2. ^ Carney, J.; Gordon, H.; Carpenter, P.; Shenoy, B.; Go, V. (1985). "The complex of myxomas, spotty pigmentation, and endocrine overactivity". Medicine. 64 (4): 270–283. doi:10.1097/00005792-198507000-00007. PMID 4010501. S2CID 20522398.
  3. ^ a b c McCarthy, P.; Piehler, J.; Schaff, H.; Pluth, J.; Orszulak, T.; Vidaillet Jr, H.; Carney, J. (1986). "The significance of multiple, recurrent, and "complex" cardiac myxomas". The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 91 (3): 389–396. doi:10.1016/s0022-5223(19)36054-4. PMID 3951243.
  4. ^ a b c Reynen, K. (1995). "Cardiac Myxomas". New England Journal of Medicine. 333 (24): 1610–1617. doi:10.1056/NEJM199512143332407. PMID 7477198.
  5. ^ Campbell Walsh urology, 10th edition, page 1693
  6. ^ Gaujoux S, Tissier F, Ragazzon B, Rebours V, Saloustros E, Perlemoine K, Vincent-Dejean C, Meurette G, Cassagnau E, Dousset B, Bertagna X, Horvath A, Terris B, Carney JA, Stratakis CA, Bertherat J (2011). "Pancreatic ductal and acinar cell neoplasms in Carney complex: a possible new association". J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 96 (11): E1888–95. doi:10.1210/jc.2011-1433. PMC 3205895. PMID 21900385.
  7. ^ Bano G, Hodgson S (2016). "Diagnosis and Management of Hereditary Thyroid Cancer". Recent Results Cancer Res. Recent Results in Cancer Research. 205: 29–44. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-29998-3_3. ISBN 978-3-319-29996-9. PMID 27075347.
  8. ^ Gaissmaier C (December 1999). "Carney complex" (letter and response). Circulation. 100 (25): e150. doi:10.1161/01.cir.100.25.e150. PMID 10604916.
  9. ^ Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM): Carney Complex, type 1; CNC1 - 160980
  10. ^ a b Stratakis, C. A.; Kirschner, L. S.; Carney, J. A. (2001). "Clinical and Molecular Features of the Carney Complex: Diagnostic Criteria and Recommendations for Patient Evaluation". Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 86 (9): 4041–4046. doi:10.1210/jc.86.9.4041. PMID 11549623.
  11. ^ Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM): Carney Complex, type 2; CNC2 - 605244
  12. ^ Tsay CJ, Stratakis CA, Faucz FR, London E, Stathopoulou C, Allgauer M, Quezado M, Dagradi T, Spencer DD, Lodish M (2017) Harvey Cushing treated the first known patient with Carney complex. J Endocr Soc 1(10):1312-1321. doi: 10.1210/js.2017-00283

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