Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL) causes multiple tumors to form throughout the body, many of which are vascular. Although most of the tumors associated with VHL are non-cancerous, they can cause damage.
There is high risk for the following tumors:
VHL is caused by mutations in the VHL gene. Our cancer genetic counselors can determine whether genetic testing for VHL is appropriate for you. Identification of a person’s VHL mutation is the first step in alleviating disease progression.
Most people with VHL also have a parent with VHL. Each child of a person with VHL has a 50 percent risk to also have VHL. Genetic testing can be used to determine which family members have VHL.