Coexistence of VHL disease and CPT2 deficiency: A case report

Alfonso Massimiliano Ferrara, Monica Sciacco, Stefania Zovato, Silvia Rizzati, Irene Colombo, Francesca Boaretto, Maurizio Moggio, Giuseppe Opocher

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von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is an inherited syndrome manifesting with benign and malignant tumors. Deficiency of carnitine palmitoyltransferase type II (CPT2) is a disorder of lipid metabolism that, in the muscle form, manifests with recurrent attacks of myalgias often associated with myoglobinuria. Rhabdomyolytic episodes may be complicated by life-threatening events, including acute renal failure (ARF). We report on a male patient who was tested, at 10 years of age, for VHL disease because of family history of VHL. He was diagnosed with VHL but without VHL-related manifestation at the time of diagnosis. During childhood, the patient was hospitalized several times for diffuse muscular pain, muscle weakness, and dark urine. These recurrent attacks of rhabdomyolysis were never accompanied by ARF. The patient was found to be homozygous for the mutation p.S113L of the CPT2 gene. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the coexistence of VHL disease and CPT2 deficiency in the same individual. Based on findings from animal models, the case illustrates that mutations in the VHL gene might protect against renal damage caused by CPT2 gene mutations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1438-1442
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Research and Treatment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Acute kidney injury
  • Carnitine palmitoyltransferase type II
  • Neoplasms
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Von Hippel-Lindau disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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