Multiple Endocrine Neoplasias (MEN)
American Family Children's Hospital's pediatric diabetes and endocrinology specialists in Madison, Wisconsin, treat patients with multiple endocrine neoplasias (MEN), a variety of genetic conditions that causes cancerous growths on endocrine glands.
What are Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders?
Multiple endocrine neoplasias (MEN) disorders are a collection of genetic conditions that cause endocrine tumors to form. Depending on the type of MEN mutation, families are at higher risk for certain tumors to form, which can affect the thyroid gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, parathyroid gland, adrenal gland and others.
Preventative treatment and screening is central to the management of MEN disorders in children and adults.
MEN is an inherited disease. Children with parents affected by MEN have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the disease from their parent.
How is MEN diagnosed?
Children with parents affected by MEN may benefit from seeing a genetic counselor. Doctors at American Family Children's Hospital can offer referrals to generic counselors, if they believe genetic counseling is needed.