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Genetic Analysis of Birt Hogg-Dube Syndrome and Characterization of Predisposition to Kidney Cancer

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified June 2013 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
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First received: April 5, 2002
Last updated: March 14, 2014
Last verified: June 2013

This study will investigate the genetic cause of Birt Hogg-Dube (BHD) syndrome and the relationship of this disorder to kidney cancer. BHD is a rare inherited condition characterized by papules, or bumps benign tumors involving hair follicles on the head and neck. People with BHD are at increased risk of developing kidney cancer. Scientists have identified the chromosome (strand of genetic material in the cell nucleus) that contains the BHD gene and the region of the gene on the chromosome. This study will try to learn more about:

  • The characteristics and type of kidney tumors associated with BHD
  • The risk of kidney cancer in people with BHD
  • Whether more than one gene causes BHD
  • The genetic mutations (changes) responsible for BHD

Patients with known or suspected Birt Hogg-Dube syndrome, and their family members, may be eligible for this study. Candidates will be screened with a family history and review of medical records, including pathology reports for tumors, and films of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

Participants may undergo various tests and procedures, including the following:

  • Physical examination
  • Review of personal and family history with a cancer doctor, cancer nurses, kidney surgeon, and genetic counselor
  • Chest and other x-rays
  • Ultrasound (imaging study using sound waves)
  • MRI (imaging study using radiowaves and a magnetic field)
  • CT scans of the chest and abdomen (imaging studies using radiation)
  • Blood tests for blood chemistries and genetic testing
  • Skin evaluation, including a skin biopsy (surgical removal of a small skin tissue sample for microscopic evaluation)
  • Cheek swab or mouthwash to collect cells for genetic analysis
  • Lung function studies
  • Medical photography of skin lesions

These tests will be done on an outpatient basis in either one day or over 3 to 4 days. When the studies are complete, participants will receive counseling about the findings and recommendations. Patients with kidney lesions may be asked to return periodically, such as every 3 to 36 months, based on their individual condition, to document the rate of progression of the lesions.



Study Type: Observational
Official Title: The Birt Hogg-Dube Syndrome: Identification of the Disease Gene and Characterization of the Predisposition of Renal Cancer

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Estimated Enrollment: 600
Study Start Date: April 2002
Detailed Description:


  • BHD is a rare, autosomal dominantly inherited disorder which confers susceptibility to develop multifocal, bilateral renal cancer, spontaneous pneumothorax and fibrofolliculomas.
  • BHD is caused by mutations in the BHD gene located on Chromosome17p11.2.
  • Defining the genetic and biochemical pathways leading to renal tumorigenesis in BHD may lead to the development of new molecularly targeted drugs.


  • To define the types and characteristics (including patterns of growth) of renal cancer associated with BHD.
  • To determine the risk of renal cancer, lung cysts and fibrofollicullomas in patients with BHD.
  • To define the natural history of BHD related renal tumors.
  • To determine if other genes contribute to BHD.
  • Identify genotype / phenotype correlations.


  • Patients with histologically confirmed fibrofolliculomas.
  • Patients with clinical evidence of multiple skin papules consistent with fibrofolliculomas, and a family history of spontaneous pneumothorax or kidney cancer.
  • A relative of a patient with a confirmed diagnosis of BHD.
  • Patients with a known germline BHD mutation.


  • These rare families will be recruited to genetically confirm diagnosis, determine size and location of renal tumors, size at presentation, growth rate and metastatic potential of renal tumors.
  • Genetic testing will be offered to gain appreciation of the effect of mutations the BHD gene and to assess the relative activity of various germline and somatic mutations.
  • We will determine if there is a relationship between mutation and disease phenotype.

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Patients with known or suspected Birt Hogg Dube Syndrome and their family members of any age will be recruited from the dermatology, urology, oncology, and genetics communities worldwide.

Patients with at least one histologically confirmed fibrofolliculomas; or

Patients with clinical evidence of multiple skin papules (without fibrofolliculoma biopsy confirmation) and a personal or family history of spontaneous pneumothorax / or kidney cancer; or

Patients with spontaneous pneumothorax and skin papules or kidney cancer and a positive family history of spontaneous pneumothorax, skin papules or kidney cancer; or

A relative of a patient with a confirmed diagnosis of BHD, or

Renal tumor histology consistent with BHD, including, but not limited to those suggestive of chromophobe, oncocytic neoplasm oroncocytoma.


Persons unable to give informed consent.

  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00033137

Contact: W. Marston Linehan, M.D. (301) 496-6353

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact National Cancer Institute Referral Office    (888) NCI-1937      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: W. Marston Linehan, M.D. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00033137     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00039533
Other Study ID Numbers: 020159, 02-C-0159
Study First Received: April 5, 2002
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Kidney Cancer
Birt Hogg Dube Syndrome
Skin Papules

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome
Kidney Neoplasms
Disease Susceptibility
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Neoplastic Syndromes, Hereditary
Genetic Diseases, Inborn processed this record on April 16, 2014