What is Von Hippel Lindau?
Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL) is a hereditary condition associated with tumors arising in multiple organs. VHL-related tumors include hemangioblastomas, which are blood vessel tumors of the brain, spinal cord, and retina. The retinal tumors are also called retinal angiomas, which can lead to blindness if not treated in a timely manner. People with VHL also have an increased risk of developing clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), which is a specific type of kidney cancer, as well as a type of tumor in the pancreas known as pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pNET). Tumors of the adrenal gland or pheochromocytoma can also develop, with a small number becoming metastatic, meaning they spread to other parts of the body.
How common is VHL?
It is estimated that about 1 in 30,000 people has VHL. About 10% of people with VHL do not have any family history of the condition. They have a de novo mutation, meaning a new mutation in the VHL gene not present in their parents.
What treatments are available for VHL?
How can VHL clinic at UF Neurology help patients with VHL?
Whole-body surveillance for VHL using MRI and multi-modality imaging.
Surveillance for renal cell carcinoma and visual surveillance
Three generations of Genetic testing
Enrollment in clinical trials
Consideration for Belzutifan for treatment of RCC, Hemangioblastoma in VHL patients.
What are the current guidelines offered by the VHL alliance for surveillance studies of VHL patients? ( adapted from VHL alliance website )
Who to contact?
Contact Hans Shuhaiber MD, at email@example.com at VHL clinic for an appointment at UF Neurology, NeuroMedicine Clinic, 1505 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, Florida.