A 39-year-old woman was referred to the cancer genetics outpatient clinic for a clinical diagnosis of Carney complex (CNC) in her deceased brother. The patient had some characteristic clinical features such as periorbital lentigines and coarse facial features, suggestive of CNC; however, she did not meet major diagnostic criteria for CNC. Previous extensive investigations revealed a mild insulin-like growth factor 1 elevation, a stable left adrenal gland adenoma and a slightly enlarged pituitary gland. Single gene sequencing confirmed a novel pathogenic mutation in the PRKAR1A gene. This case, to our knowledge, is the first report of this mutation identified in a family of French-Canadian origin. This report broadens our understanding of the genotypic and phenotypic spectrum of this rare disease, while it highlights the value of a multidisciplinary approach in rare diseases, for genetic testing facilitated a timely diagnosis and enabled the initiation of early surveillance of CNC-related manifestations in our patient.
- genetic screening / counselling
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Presented at NG presented an abstract of this case report at the Canadian Society of Endocrinology & Metabolism Virtual Professional Conference in October 2020.
Contributors NG: planning, design and writing of the manuscript with the assistance VL. VL: leading initial patient care and management, conception and planning of project including editing of final manuscript, acquisition of data and direct patient care. TK: direct patient care and editing of draft. SA: acquisition of data and editing of draft.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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