Neurofibromatosis is a neurological disorder and causes benign tumors to grow on nerves that can affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves and skin. It can be inherited or it can happen because of a mutation in genes. And once you have it, you can pass it along to your children.
People with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) develop varying numbers of bumps and spots that grow along the nerves or underneath the skin.
Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) is a rare type of NF in wherein multiple tumors grow on the cranial and spinal cord.
NF1 occurs in approximately 1 in 3,000 births while NF2 occurs less frequently in 1 out of 25,000 births worldwide and can be present among all racial groups and affect both sexes equally.
Schwannomatosis is a very rare form of NF that has only been recently diagnosed and appears to affect 1 in 40,000 individuals.
Even though treatments can be done to control the symptoms of NF like surgery to remove the tumors, radiation therapy and medicines – there is no known cure for it yet, but we can still fight, thrive, live with it and not let it get the best of us.
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Neurofibromatosis is not contagious.
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