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Learn more about Neurofibromatosis

Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is neurofibromatosis?

This is a disorder that causes tumours to grow on the nerves in the spinal cord or brain. The tumours are usually benign, but can occasionally become cancerous. The disorder can be inherited or can arise sometime during life due to gene mutation. There are three kinds of neurofibromatosis with different symptoms, and they are usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood.

Symptoms of neurofibromatosis

  • Black/blue/brown spots or moles, on the skin and lining of the mouth

  • Many lumps appearing on the skin

  • Red or yellow skin lumps

  • Skin hardening

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Eye are bulging or jutting out

Questions your doctor may ask to check for neurofibromatosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose neurofibromatosis

  • Are there black, blue, or brown spots on the skin or elsewhere? (Including moles)

  • Do you have many lumps on your body?

  • Do you have yellow or red lumps/bumps on your skin?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps under your skin?

Treatment for neurofibromatosis

There is no cure, but the symptoms of neurofibromatosis can be managed. Tumours can be targeted with surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, while for children their developmental progress is closely monitored.

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