Invitae Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2 Test


Test description

This test analyzes the RET gene for pathogenic variants associated with the three subtypes of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2): MEN2A, MEN2B and familial medullary thyroid cancer (FMTC). All three subtypes heighten the risk for medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and other tumors.

The clinical presentation of MEN2 varies widely among affected individuals and their family members. Genetic testing may clarify the subtype and help identify those who are at high risk for MEN2-related tumors. Affected individuals may benefit from early and targeted screening of the conditions most commonly associated with MEN2, including medullary thyroid cancer, a condition that is preventable and that has an excellent prognosis when diagnosed at an early stage. Identification of a disease-causing variant would also guide testing and diagnosis of at-risk relatives. This test is specifically designed for heritable germline mutations and is not appropriate for the detection of somatic mutations in tumor tissue.

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Primary panel (1 gene)


Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2)

MEN2A accounts for approximately 70%-80% of MEN2 cases and is characterized by medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), pheochromocytoma, and primary parathyroid hyperplasia. MEN2B, which accounts for approximately 5% of MEN2 cases, is also characterized by medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) and pheochromocytoma, but not by parathyroid hyperplasia. Other clinical features may be present as well, including mucosal neuromas of the lips and tongue, distinctive facial features, intestinal ganglioneuromas, and a ‘marfanoid’ body habitus.

FMTC is characterized by medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) without the other clinical manifestations of MEN2A or MEN2B. More recently, FMTC has been reported as a variant of MEN2A with decreased penetrance of pheochromocytoma and hyperparathyroidism rather than a distinct subtype. FMTC accounts for approximately 10%-20% of MEN2 cases.

Lifetime cancer risks in individuals with pathogenic RET mutations are very high, particularly for medullary thyroid cancer.

MEN2 subtypeMedullary thyroid cancerPheochromocytomaParathyroid hyperplasiaOther features
MEN2A~100%50% with <5% risk of malignant transformation20%-30%-
MEN2B~100%50% with <5% risk of malignant transformation-Mucosal neuromas of the lips and tongue, distinctive faces with enlarged lips, intestinal ganglioneuromas, ‘marfanoid’ body habitus

Molecular genetic testing of RET identifies pathogenic variants in 98% of individuals with MEN2A and MEN2B and in approximately 95% of families with FMTC.

MEN2 is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. Approximately 5% of MEN2A cases occur as the result of a spontaneous de novo mutation and 50% of MEN2B cases are de novo.

The prevalence of MEN2 is approximately 1 in 35,000 individuals.

Assay and technical information

Invitae is a College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified clinical diagnostic laboratory performing full-gene sequencing and deletion/duplication analysis using next-generation sequencing technology (NGS).

Our sequence analysis covers clinically important regions of each gene, including coding exons, +/- 10 base pairs of adjacent intronic sequence, and select noncoding variants. Our assay provides a Q30 quality-adjusted mean coverage depth of 350x (50x minimum, or supplemented with additional analysis). Variants classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic are confirmed with orthogonal methods, except individual variants that have high quality scores and previously validated in at least ten unrelated samples.

Our analysis detects most intragenic deletions and duplications at single exon resolution. However, in rare situations, single-exon copy number events may not be analyzed due to inherent sequence properties or isolated reduction in data quality. If you are requesting the detection of a specific single-exon copy number variation, please contact Client Services before placing your order.

Gene Transcript reference Sequencing analysis Deletion/Duplication analysis
RET NM_020975.4