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How can you tell if someone has neurofibromatosis?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 26 years experience
What type?: Nf-1 has classic skin manifestations - one just examines skin to see if criteria for the number/size of nevi and ash-leaf spots on the skin are seen.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 58 years experience
Multiple lumps: The neurofibromas tend to be everywhere and visible, large brown spots are common"cafe au lait" spots. Some patients will also have pheochromocytoma there is a family tendency.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 54 years experience
Many manifestations: Several signs of nf1, main one 6 or mor flat brown spots over 5 mm in greatest diameter in children and over 15 mm in greatest diameter in post-pubertal individuals, two or more soft nodules or neurofibromas or 1 plexiform neurofibroma, freckling in the axillary or groin regions, tumors of optic nerve, gliomas, bony abnormality such as scoliosis, bone overgrowth or congenital fracture.
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