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Identification of Lynch Syndrome.

Maratt JK, Stoffel E. Identification of Lynch Syndrome. Gastrointestinal endoscopy clinics of North America. 2022 Jan 1; 32(1):45-58.

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Lynch syndrome (LS) is an autosomal dominant hereditary cancer syndrome caused by pathogenic germline variants (PGV) in any of the 4 DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2, or deletions in EPCAM. LS leads to an increased risk of intestinal and extraintestinal cancers, of which colorectal and endometrial cancers are the most common. Individuals at risk for LS can be identified by using clinical criteria, prediction models, and universal tumor testing. Understanding each of these tools, including limitations and mimics of LS, is essential to the early identification of at-risk individuals.

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