Quantification of thyroid cancer and multinodular goiter risk in the DICER1 syndrome: A family-based cohort study

Nicholas E. Khan, Andrew J. Bauer, Kris Ann P. Schultz, Leslie Doros, Rosamma M. Decastro, Alexander Ling, Maya B. Lodish, Laura A. Harney, Ron G. Kase, Ann G. Carr, Christopher T. Rossi, Amanda Field, Anne K. Harris, Gretchen M. Williams, Louis P. Dehner, Yoav H. Messinger, D. Ashley Hill, Douglas R. Stewart

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Context: The risk of thyroid cancer and multinodular goiter (MNG) in DICER1 syndrome, a rare tumor-predisposition disorder, is unknown. Objective: To quantify the risk of thyroid cancer and MNG in individuals with DICER1 syndrome. Design: Family-based cohort study. Setting: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center (CC). Participants: The National Cancer Institute DICER1 syndrome cohort included 145 individuals with a DICER1 germline mutation and 135 family controls from 48 families. Interventions: Each individual completed a detailed medical history questionnaire. A subset underwent a 3-day evaluation at the NIH CC. Main Outcome Measures: The cumulative incidence of MNG (or thyroidectomy) was quantified using the complement of the Kaplan-Meier product limit estimator. We compared the observed number of thyroid cancers in the NCI DICER1 cohort with matched data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. We performed germline and somatic (thyroid cancer, MNG) DICER1 sequencing. Results: By the age of 40 years, the cumulative incidence of MNG or thyroidectomy was 75% in women and 17% in men with DICER1 syndrome compared with 8% of control women (P , 0.001) and 0% of control men (P = 0.0096). During 3937 person-years of observation, individuals with DICER1 syndrome had a 16-fold increased risk of thyroid cancer (95% confidence interval, 4.3 to 41; P < 0.05) compared with the SEER rates. Of 19 MNG nodules and 3 thyroid cancers, 16 (84%) and 3 (100%), respectively, harbored germline and somatic pathogenic DICER1 mutations. Conclusions: We propose a model of thyroid carcinogenesis in DICER1 syndrome. Early-onset, familial, or male MNG should prompt consideration of the presence of DICER1 syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1614-1622
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017


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