Health-related quality of life in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 1

Rachel S van Leeuwaarde, Carolina R C Pieterman, Anne M May, Olaf M Dekkers, Anouk N A van der Horst-Schrivers, Ad R Hermus, Wouter de Herder, Madeleine L Drent, Peter H Bisschop, Bas Havekes, Menno R Vriens, Gerlof D Valk

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INTRODUCTION: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is a hereditary endocrine tumor syndrome characterized by the triad of primary hyperparathyroidism, duodenopancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs), and pituitary tumors. Patients are confronted with substantial morbidity and are consequently at risk for an impaired quality of life (QOL). Meticulous assessment of QOL and associated factors in a representative population is needed to understand the full spectrum of the burden of the disease.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed using the national Dutch MEN1 cohort. Patients with a confirmed MEN1 mutation received the SF-36 Health Related Quality of Life questionnaire and questions regarding sociodemographic and medical history.

RESULTS: A total of 227 of 285 (80%) eligible MEN1 patients returned the questionnaires. Health-related QOL scores (HRQOL) in MEN1 patients were significantly lower for the majority of subscales of the SF-36 in comparison with the general Dutch population. The most consistent predictor for HRQOL was employment status, followed by the presence of a pituitary tumor. 16% of patients harboring a pNET and 29% of patients with a pituitary tumor according to the medical records, reported that they were unaware of such a tumor. These subgroups of patients had several significant better QOL scores than patients who were aware of their pNET or pituitary tumors.

CONCLUSION: Patients with MEN1 have an impaired QOL in comparison with the general Dutch population warranting special attention within routine care. For daily practice, physicians should be aware of their patients' impaired QOL and of the impact of unemployment on QOL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-295
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Early online date4 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


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