What is Peutz-Jeghers syndrome?|
Peutz-Jeghers syndrome is characterized by the development of growths called hamartomatous polyps in the gastrointestinal tract (particularly the stomach and intestines), and a greatly increased risk of developing certain types of cancer.
Children with Peutz-Jeghers syndrome often develop small, dark-colored spots on the lips, around and inside the mouth, near the eyes and nostrils, and around the anus. These spots may also occur on the hands and feet. They appear during childhood and often fade as the person gets older. In addition, most people with Peutz-
How common is Peutz-Jeghers syndrome?
The prevalence of this condition is uncertain; estimates range from 1 in 25,000 to 300,000 births.