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Carney's complex

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Spotty skin pigmentation, myxomas of the soft tissues, endocrine overactivity and schwannomas of peripheral nerves. Most patients are young women. In his original article, J. Aidan Carney described 15 patients, of whom 14 were women, aged 9 to 30 years. Inheritance is autosomal dominant. Also described as Cushing’s disease with atrial myxoma and pigmentation.


  • J. A. Carney:
    The triad of gastric epitheloid leiomyosarcoma, functioning extra-adrenal paragamglioma, and pulmonary chondroma.
    Cancer, Philadelphia, 1979, 43: 374-382.
  • J.A. Carney, H. Gordon, P. C. Carpenter, B. V. Shenoy, V. L. W. Go:
    The complex of myxomas, spotty pigmentation, and endocrineoveractivity.
    Medicine, Baltimore, 1985, 64: 270-284.

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