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What is Neurofibromatosis?

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is not a commonly known disorder but it is one that exists that affects an estimated 100,000 Americans, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

What kind of disorder is it?

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder of the nervous system. Unfortunately, this disorder is incurable bit the symptoms can be treated. It mainly impacts the development of nerve cell tissues and tumors that are known as neurofibromas develop on the nerve.

The neurofibromas can be harmless, but there is also a possibility for them to compress the nerves and other tissues, which can lead to serious damage.

NF is classified in two types: NF1 and NF2.  NF1 is the more common of the two different classifications. It occurs in 1 in 4,000 births. NF2, on the other hand, occurs less frequently; happening 1 in 40,000 births. Neurofibromatosis is present among all racial groups and affect both sexes equally. The tumors arise from changes in the nerve cells and skin cells.

What are the symptoms?

Each type of Neurofibromatosis has different symptoms:

Neurofibromatosis 1 symptoms include:

  • Freckling in the groin or armpit area
  • Flat, light brown spots on the skin
  • Small bumps on the iris of the eye
  • Soft, small bumps on or under the skin
  • Bone deformities
  • Tumor on optic nerve

Neurofibromatosis 2 symptoms usually occur as a result from the development of benign, slow-growing tumors in both ears. These symptoms include:

  • Gradual hearing loss
  • Ringing in ears
  • Poor balance
  • Headaches

What are the treatment options?

Neurofibromatosis is incurable but there are treatment options for the symptoms. Treatments vary from surgery to remove the tumors and auditory brainstem implants to pain medications and stereotactic radiosurgery.

It is important to talk to your doctor if you notice signs or symptoms listed above in your child. Knowing your health and understanding how healthy you or your children are can help you stat ahead of illnesses and disorders so that you can make the best choices for a healthy lifestyle.

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