Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an autosomal dominant hereditary disorder caused by a germline inactivating mutation of the adenomatous polyp coli (apc) gene. Patients with Fap sometimes develop various extracolonic manifestations including adrenocortical neoplasms. We present a 14-year-old boy with Fap who had an adrenocortical tumor with atypical histopathologic features, ie, sex-cord-like differentiation. Immunohistochemical studies of adrenal 4 binding protein (Ad4BP) and steroidogenic enzymes showed the capacity of these tumor cells to produce steroids. Genetic analysis of the tumor disclosed a two-hit mutation in Apc: a germline 5-base pair deletion accompanied by a loss of the normal allele. Because there were no reports of genetic alterations in adrenocortical tumors developed in Fap patients, we examined 10 sporadic adrenal tumors (four carcinomas and six adenomas) for mutations in Apc. However, no mutations were found in these 10 sporadic adrenal tumors. These results suggest that mutation of Apc is also responsible for some fraction of the adrenocortical tumors: the tumor in this case is included.
- Adrenal tumor
- Familial adenomatous polyposis
- The adenomatous polyposis coli gene
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine