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Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • VHL
  • VHL syndrome
  • Von Hippel Lindau disease
  • angiomatosis retinae
  • Lindau disease
  • retinocerebellar angiomatosis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder characterized by the abnormal growth of blood vessels in certain parts of the body (angiomatosis). Very small blood vessels (capillaries) "knot" together to form benign growths known as angiomas or hemangioblastomas. These may develop in the retinas of the eyes (retinal hemangioblastomas) or in the brain or spinal cord, or in the inner ear (endolymphatic sac tumors). Vascular tumors may also occur in the kidneys (renal cell carcinoma), pancreas (cysts, microcystic cystadenomas, or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors) and/or adrenal glands (pheochromocytoma). The symptoms of VHL vary greatly and depend on the size and location of the growths.

Resources

VHL Family Alliance
2001 Beacon Street
Suite 208
Boston, MA 02135-7787
USA
Tel: (617)277-5667
Fax: (858)712-8712
Tel: (800)767-4845
Email: info@vhl.org
Internet: http://www.vhl.org

NIH/National Eye Institute
31 Center Dr
MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
United States
Tel: (301)496-5248
Fax: (301)402-1065
Email: 2020@nei.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/

NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Tel: (301)496-5751
Fax: (301)402-2186
Tel: (800)352-9424
TDD: (301)468-5981
Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

Kidney Cancer Association
1234 Sherman Avenue
Suite 203
Evanston, IL 60202-1375
USA
Tel: (847)332-1051
Fax: (847)332-2978
Tel: (800)850-9132
Email: kidney.cancer@hotmail.com
Internet: http://www.curekidneycancer.org

Rare Cancer Alliance
1649 North Pacana Way
Green Valley, AZ 85614
USA
Internet: http://www.rare-cancer.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

Cancer.Net
American Society of Clinical Oncology
2318 Mill Road Suite 800
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (571)483-1780
Fax: (571)366-9537
Tel: (888)651-3038
Email: contactus@cancer.net
Internet: http://www.cancer.net/

Pheo Para Troopers
P.O. Box 2064
Kokomo, IN 46904
Email: info@pheoparatroopers.org
Internet: http://www.pheoparatroopers.org

For a Complete Report

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Last Updated:  4/17/2012
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