Carney Triad

What is Carney triad?

Carney triad is a rare condition that describes the occurrence of three kinds of endocrine tumors in the same patient.

The tumors comprising the triad are tumors in the gastrointestinal tract (known as gastrointestinal stromal tumors, or GIST), pulmonary chondromas, and paragangliomas. These masses grow chiefly in the stomach, the lungs, or the neuroendocrine tissues of the head, neck, and torso. Carney triad is extremely rare and is most common in females.

How we approach Carney triad at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s

Children with Carney triad are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Endocrine-Oncology Program. Advanced cancers may also be treated through our Solid Tumor Center. Our integrated pediatric oncology service offers—in one specialized program—the combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a premier children’s hospital. We build a team to treat your child consisting of oncologists, endocrinologists, genetic counselors, and surgeons.

Find in-depth information on Carney triad on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website, including answers to:

  • What are the causes and symptoms of Carney triad?
  • How is Carney triad diagnosed?
  • What are the treatments for Carney triad?
  • What is the latest research on Carney triad?
  • What is the long-term outlook for Carney triad?