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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 symptoms make you think of neurofibromatosis?

What symptoms make you think of neurofibromatosis?

There are 2 froms.: Nf-1 is characterized by tumors on small nerves under the skin. The worst form of this was depicted in a movie called the "elephant man". Tumors on spinal nerves can cause numness and weakness of certain arm or leg muscles. Nf-2 is characterized by brain tumors. The most common form is a tumor on both hearing nerves. Hearing loss, dizzyness, and ringing in the ear are common symptoms of nf-2. ...Read more

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When does neurofibromatosis symptoms start to develop?

When does neurofibromatosis symptoms start to develop?

It varies: Signs of neurofibromatosis type 1 (nf1) can appear before birth or may not be apparent until well into adulthood. Cafe-au-lait (that's french for coffee with milk) spots are often the first thing to be noticed in children; usually more than 5 spots that are bigger than 1/2 cm. Nf2 is a completely different condition with hearing loss or cataract often the first symptom in the late teens/early 20s. ...Read more

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I'm scared I might have neurofibromatosis, what symptoms should I be wary of?

Cafe Au Lait spots: Which look like this: http://www.Sciencephoto.Com/media/259913/enlarge . Also, the spot must appear, that is, not be there from birth (that would be a birthmark). ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of neurofibromatosis?

What are the main symptoms of neurofibromatosis?

Many manifestations: Commonly nf gradually appears with development of brown flat spots and soft nodules under the skin. The brown (café-au-lai) spots are the main symptom of neurofibromatosis. Freckling of armpits, neurofibromas orsubcutaneous bumps , which increase in number with age.. Lisch nodules (hamartomas of iris), gliomas of the optic nerve, skeletal dysplasias with limb abnormalities and scoliosis. ...Read more

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Sir, lumps are only symptoms of neurofibromatosis?

Many others: There are a number of criteria necessary to make the diagnosis of neurofibromatosis. A relative with the condition, neurofibromas (fleshy bumps), more than 5 brown patches (cafe au lait spots) > 1.5 cm in adults, freckling under the arms and groin, and eye changes (can be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist). There are also many different forms of the condition. ...Read more

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My son has neurofibromatosis type 1 and he is only 2 years old. What symptoms can I expect?

NF 1 is caused by : mutations of the NF gene, 17q11.2. Clinical course varies widely depending largely on location & size of brain, skin, eye & other tumors. Initial evaluations by a geneticist, ped. neurologist, ped. ophthalmologist, developmental/behavioral pediatrician. & Early Intervention, http://www.dds.ca.gov/EarlyStart/home.cfm., guide management. Learning Disabilities & ADHD are common. See www.ctf.org. ...Read more

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If lumps occur after 19 year and no other symptoms of neurofibromatosis found in early age .Which i seen in wikipidia? But it look like lipoma is it?

If lumps occur after 19 year and  no other symptoms of neurofibromatosis found in early age .Which i seen in wikipidia? But it look like lipoma is it?

Could be: Unfortunately, without a physical exam it is almost impossible to tell what a "lump" is. However, the good news is that by your history, it does not sound like you have new lesions related to your neurofibromatosis. The most common "lumps" found under the skin if they are soft and mushy are cysts and lipomas. ...Read more

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How i physically examine that my lumps are only lipomas not neurofibroma? I have only lumps no other symptoms of neurofibromatosis ?My age is 27

How i physically examine that my lumps are only lipomas not neurofibroma? I have only lumps no other symptoms of neurofibromatosis ?My age is 27

Other signs with NF1: Some helpful clues in distinguishing the 2: café au lait macules--irregularly shaped, evenly pigmented, brown macules. Most have 6 or more café au lait spots that are 1.5 cm or greater in diameter. Axillary and/or perineal freckling neurofibromas nodules may be brown, pink, or skin colored, soft or firm to the touch, and they may have the pathognomonic buttonhole invagination when pressed on. ...Read more

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