Ann Surg Treat Res.  2021 Jul;101(1):13-19. 10.4174/astr.2021.101.1.13.

Comparison of oncologic outcomes between patients with Lynch syndrome and sporadic microsatellite instability-high colorectal cancer

  • 1Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
  • 2Department of Surgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, Anyang, Korea
  • 3Laboratory of Cell Biology, Cancer Research Institute, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea


Long-term oncologic differences in outcome between groups of patients with Lynch syndrome (LS) colorectal cancer (CRC) and sporadic CRC with microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) are the focus of investigation in the current study.
Patients registered in the Korean Hereditary Tumor Registry and 2 tertiary referral hospitals treated for stage Iā€“ III CRC between 2005 and 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Detection for both groups was performed using pedigree, microsatellite instability, and mismatch repair (MMR) gene testing. Multivariate analyses for overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) were conducted.
Cases of LS (n = 77) and sporadic CRC with MSI-H (n = 96) were identified. LS CRC patients were younger in age and displayed tumor sidedness, typically involving left-sided colon and rectum, compared to patients with sporadic CRC with MSI-H. OS and DFS were lower for LS CRC relative to CRC with MSI-H (OS, 72.7% vs. 93.8%, P = 0.001; DFS, 71.4% vs. 88.5%, P = 0.001). In multivariate analyses, tumor sidedness, stage, and chemotherapy were independent factors for OS and DFS. LS CRC was a prognostic factor for poorer OS (hazard ratio, 2.740; 95% confidence interval, 1.003ā€“7.487; P = 0.049), but not DFS.
Our findings indicate that LS CRC is associated with poorer outcomes compared to sporadic CRC with MSI-H, presenting distinct clinical features. In view of the current lack of knowledge on genetic and molecular mechanisms, appropriate management taking into consideration the difficulty of identification of CRC with hypermutable tumors harboring heterogeneity is essential.


Colorectal neoplasms; Lynch syndrome; Microsatellite instability
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