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Help! Is it possible to have a lot of cafe au lait spots and not have neurofibromatosis?

Help! Is it possible to have a lot of cafe au lait spots and not have neurofibromatosis?

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 more

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Neurofibromatosis (Definition)

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic condition characterized by caf_ au lait spots, which are pigmented patches of skin, and benign ...Read more


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What is the life expectancy for people with neurofibromatosis type 1?

What is the life expectancy for people with neurofibromatosis type 1?

Hugely variable: No two cases are alike, and the illness is modified by other genes. One of the board members of one of my medical schools was a successful and popular physician who had the illness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the life expectancy of a person with neurofibromatosis type 2?

Shortened: Life expectancy for people with NF-2 is generally shortened compared to non-affected and NF-1 affected people, but it is also highly dependent on a number of potential conditions, and available treatments. I've added a link that is more comprehensive, and I hope it helps. http://www.ctf.org/pdf/brochures/NF2_Info_for_Patients_Families.pdf ...Read more

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Can a person with neurofibromatosis have a normal life?

Can a person with neurofibromatosis have a normal life?

Yes: And i'm hoping your one of the many with neurofibromatosis who live a happy, healthy and otherwise normal life. ...Read more

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Will a person with neurofibromatosis have a normal life?

Majority do: Most patients with type 1 neurofibromatosis have mild involvement and live relatively normal lives. Patients with severe involvement can have deformity of bones and large amount of overgrowth of tumors.If severe in infant or young child sometimes can be fatal. ...Read more

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Could anybody get neurofibromatosis?

Congenital condition: Neurofibromatosis is an autosomal dominant genetic disease, meaning if one of your parents has the disease you have a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. There are also instances of spontaneous mutation in about half of cases where an individual has the disease but it is not seen in family members. Either way, you are born with the condition, but may not see symptoms until later. ...Read more

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Is neurofibromatosis a rare disease?

Is neurofibromatosis a rare disease?

Define rare: At 1/4000 births this is relatively common compared to many genetically influenced afflictions. About a 3rd are new mutations and the others are passed from an affected parent to half their offspring. ...Read more

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