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Neurofibromatosis: Introduction

Neurofibromatosis: The neurofibromatoses are genetic disorders of the nervous system that primarily affect the development and growth of neural (nerve) cell ... more about Neurofibromatosis.

Neurofibromatosis: Nerve disorders often leading to tumors on nerves. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Neurofibromatosis is available below.

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Causes of Neurofibromatosis

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Prognosis for Neurofibromatosis

Prognosis for Neurofibromatosis: In most cases, symptoms of NF1 are mild, and patients live normal and productive lives. In some cases, however, NF1 can be severely debilitating. In some cases of NF2, the damage to nearby vital structures, such as other cranial nerves and the brainstem, can be life-threatening. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Neurofibromatosis Information Page: NINDS)

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The neurofibromatoses are genetic disorders of the nervous system that primarily affect the development and growth of neural (nerve) cell tissues. These disorders cause tumors to grow on nerves and produce other abnormalities such as skin changes and bone deformities. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Neurofibromatosis Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Neurofibromatosis:

Type 1 (peripheral) neurofibromatosis (von Recklinghausen's disease), is the most common type of neurofibromatosis. It is characterized clinically by cutaneous and subcutaneous tumors with patches of hyperpigmentation. The hyperpigmented skin areas, are present from birth and found anywhere on the body surface. They can vary markedly in size and color. The dark brown areas are called cafe-au-lait spots. The multiple cutaneous and subcutaneous tumors are nerve sheath neoplasms, called neurofibromas. They can develop anywhere along the peripheral nerve fibers. Neurofibromas can become quite large, causing a major disfigurement, eroding bone, and compressing various peripheral nerve structures. Type 1 neurofibromatosis has dominant inheritance, with a gene locus on the proximal long arm of chromosome 17. -- 2003 - (Source - Diseases Database)

Autosomal dominant disease characterized by numerous neurofibromas and by spots on the skin and often by developmental abnormalities - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Neurofibromatosis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Neurofibromatosis, or a subtype of Neurofibromatosis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Neurofibromatosis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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