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Is there any difference between neurofibromatosis and elephant man's disese?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Unknown

Despite multiple attempts at diagnosis, there is no sure diagnosis of the disease joseph merrick suffered from. It was thought for many years he had nf, though he may have had proteus disease.
There are numerous conditions that can cause extreme deformities that look similar.

In brief: Unknown

Despite multiple attempts at diagnosis, there is no sure diagnosis of the disease joseph merrick suffered from. It was thought for many years he had nf, though he may have had proteus disease.
There are numerous conditions that can cause extreme deformities that look similar.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Most likely

The features of both are similar in some respects but quite different in others.
Since the elephant man has long passed, his DNA is not available to probe for definite analysis. Having cared for patients with the Proteus syndrome who shared multiple features of the EM, I think it leans more in that direction.

In brief: Most likely

The features of both are similar in some respects but quite different in others.
Since the elephant man has long passed, his DNA is not available to probe for definite analysis. Having cared for patients with the Proteus syndrome who shared multiple features of the EM, I think it leans more in that direction.
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: No same

Same, neurofibromatosis nf1 von recklinghusen's disease) is disease genetically transmitted, when had disfiguring extensive skin manifestations involving face also called elephant man's disease.
Original famous ( and tragic ) patient is joseph merrick ( 862-1890 ).

In brief: No same

Same, neurofibromatosis nf1 von recklinghusen's disease) is disease genetically transmitted, when had disfiguring extensive skin manifestations involving face also called elephant man's disease.
Original famous ( and tragic ) patient is joseph merrick ( 862-1890 ).
Dr. Addagada Rao
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