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Doctor insights on: What Do Cafe Au Lait Spots Mean

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If 1 year old baby has three cafe au lait spots, does this mean nf1? How likely is it that he'll get more?

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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I have a cafe au lait spot the size of a pea next to my nipple sometimes it hurts and sometimes just my nipple hurts. What does that mean?

I have a cafe au lait spot the size of a pea next to my nipple sometimes it hurts and sometimes just my nipple hurts. What does that mean?

Tender cafe au lait: these as small flat pigmented birthmarks. they are sometimes (if more than 6 and larger than 5 mm before puberty) a sign of neurofibromatosis and needs to be checked. Assuming this isnt the case - i think its benign and nothing to worry about - I suspect your pain may be coming from the nipple - perhaps from excessive irritation from your bra. Cafe au lait are usually benign. Good luck ...Read more

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What does having cafe-au-lait spots signal?

What does having cafe-au-lait spots signal?

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 more

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What are cafe au lait spots and how treated?

What are cafe au lait spots and how treated?

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

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I have three cafe au lait spots-- is it normal?

I have three cafe au lait spots-- is it normal?

Cafe au lait spots: Café au lait spots are benign and do not cause any ailment themselves. They can be treated by laser. Having more than six spots or large spots is associated with other potentially important illnesses so check with your doctor if you have many of them. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cafe au lait spots?

What is the definition or description of: cafe au lait spots?

Tan skin lesions: Literally french for "coffee with milk" these spots look like irregularly shaped large flat light tan moles. Their significance increases if you have more than 6 before puberty as it can be a sign of a condition called "neurofibromatosis". ...Read more

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Did my daughter get cafe-au-lait spots from me?

Did my daughter get cafe-au-lait spots from me?

Depends: Cafe-au-lait spots are not contagious but may be inherited. Please discuss with your doctor as such marks may be a marker of systemic inherited abnormality. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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?

Unlikely: Unlikely because of not enough spots.There are different definition, but 6 or more sports greater than 1/4 inch size is a standard.So not probable. ...Read more

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