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Cafe Au Lait
Coffee spot: These are flat, well defined pigment patches that may not be evident at birth. A few <6 and < 1cm size at puberty are likely unimportant.They are common in the general population as benign but permanent findings. In greater numbers and larger size they may indicate a form of neurofibromatosis (there are several). Your dr can sort out your specific issue with after an exam & family history. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cafe au lait: Café au lait macules are observed in 95% of patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (nf1), which is the most frequently occurring neurocutaneous syndrome. These spots may also be observed in patients without nf1. Other conditions in which they may be observed include mccune-albright syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, and fanconi anemia. ...Read more
Hyperpigmented area on side that is very hard to make out unless you stand in the light.Only ever so slightly darker than skin. Is this a cafe au lait?
Possibly: Cafe-au-lait spots are very common. A single one has no relevance, but more than three greater in size than a centimeter are suggestive of neurofibromatosis type 1, although need more info. Without seeing what you have cannot diagnose, but unless this is accompanied by other symptoms or is progressing, probably benign. See a dermatologist for more into. Good luck. ...Read more
Are cafe au lait birth marks on kids potentially dangerous? My son has 3 on his butt. Dr. says not serious. True?
My son was born with two very small cafe au lait spots. He’s 5.5 now and i just noticed a new one. So 3 total. Can you get new spots?
Need to examine: Cafe au lait spots may be harmless or be associated with a syndrome. It would be prudent to consult your pediatrician for an evaluation. You may visit this site for information but do not get scared, see your baby's doctor: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20888463 ...Read more
My baby developed several cafe au lait spots right after birth. 9 mon now & has about 10, 2 large ones..Early sign of a medical problem?
I have two small cafe au lait marks - .5 and 1cm. I think i have one more about an inch wide, but is really pale so hard to tell. Normal?
Ok in normal people: Normal people can have a few light brown macules, also known as cafe-au-lait spots. One can ask her primary care doctor during her next routine check-up to look and see if there other spots that she can't see (due to location) but her doctor might be able to see. If there are six or more cafe-au-lait spots that are all bigger than 1.5 cm in an adult, her doctor may evaluate further. ...Read more
I have three cafe au lait spots measuring about 1-2cm max. I have another 2 that are about 5mm max. No other nf1 signs and am 25. Is this nf1?
Unlikely: According to diagnostic criteria for nf1 at least 2 of the following clinical features must be present in order to make diagnosis (for your age group): >5 cals (>15mm in diameter), >1 neurofibroma, freckling in axillary or groin area, optic glioma, >1 lisch nodule, a distinctive bony lesion, a 1st degree relative with nf1 according to the above criteria. Diagnosis may be confirmed by genetic test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have three cafe au lait spots ranging from 1-3cm.They are very hard to see. I just found one today. No other nf1 symptoms. Could this still be nf1?
Hey Im 22 and in the past couple of years I've developed cafe au lait spots one is rather dark and the others are getting darker should I b worried ?
Possibly: It depends. If you are going to get some ornamental tattoo then it could possibly hide your spots. However, if you are considering tattooing your spots individually to "fill them in" then, technically yes, it might work. The trouble will be in getting the tattoo ink to match your skin color. And when your skin tans (if you tend to tan) the tattoos will not darken. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Number and size: Symptoms of nf1 may be seen at birth and may include light brown sports, six or more measuring 5 mm in greatest diameter in prepubertal individuals and over 15 mm in greatest diameter in postpubertal individuals.Two or more growths on the iris of the eye, a tumor of optic nerve, , development of two or more subcut. Nodules, neurofibromas and bone abnormalities of tibia, skull, and spine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Number of spots: Many people who do not have nf have a few café-au-lait spots . If a young child has five or more, at least ½ inch or 15 mm in size post puberty lookfor other signs such as neurofibromas — tumors along skin and lisch nodules, tiny, noncancerous tumors on the iris (the colored part of the eye). Consult physician to better assess individual signs for diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: NIH diagnostic criteria for NF1 with two or more of following features:1)6 or more café-au-lait macules over 5 mm in diameter prepubertal individuals over 15 mm in greatest diameter in postpubertal..2) 2or more neurofibromas or one plexiform neurofibroma.3)Freckling in armpit or groin areas4)Optic glioma (optic nerve tumor)5) > 2 Lisch nodules(iris of eye)6)typical bone lesions 7)1deg relative nf1 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If 1 year old baby has three cafe au lait spots, does this mean nf1? How likely is it that he'll get more?
Not necessarily: Many people who do not have nf have a few café-au-lait spots . Usually start appearing in infancy.If a young child has five or more, at least ½ inch or 15 mm in size post puberty look for other signs such as neurofibromas — tumors along skin and lisch nodules, tiny, noncancerous tumors on the iris (the colored part of the eye). Consult physician to better assess individual signs for diagnosis. ...Read more
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