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September 1986

Coexistence of Sporadic Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia and Scapular Ectopic Breast: Coincidence or Biologically Associated?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine A (Drs Cohen and Golik); the Department of Medicine D (Dr Pik), the Nephrology Institute (Drs Modai and Weissgarten), and the Pathology Institute (Dr Segal); Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.

Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(9):1822-1823. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360210218033

• We describe a patient who presented with sporadic pheochromocytoma and parathyroid adenoma in the absence of medullary thyroid carcinoma, which coexisted with fully developed scapular ectopic breast tissue. If not coincidental, this association might support the concept that all components of multiple endocrine neoplasia type IIA originate from embryonic ectodermal tissue, and that sporadic multiple endocrine neoplasia type IIA, as well as ectopic breast tissue, may result from a noxious event at a critical embryonic stage.

(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:1822-1823)

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