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When in life do symptoms of neurofibromatosis start to appear?

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In brief: Puberty

Usually. But the rarer types can show up sooner.

In brief: Puberty

Usually. But the rarer types can show up sooner.
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: Variable

Signs can be present at birth.
Some children can be diagnosed in infancy, & most all by age 10. My youngest patient was diagnosed at 16 months. I've seen 2-year-olds with skin findings, large heads, developmental delays, optic gliomas, & lisch nodules; they also had adhd by 3 years. 30-65% have verbal & non-verbal learning disabilities. Cafe-au-lait spots increase at puberty. See www.Ctf.Org.

In brief: Variable

Signs can be present at birth.
Some children can be diagnosed in infancy, & most all by age 10. My youngest patient was diagnosed at 16 months. I've seen 2-year-olds with skin findings, large heads, developmental delays, optic gliomas, & lisch nodules; they also had adhd by 3 years. 30-65% have verbal & non-verbal learning disabilities. Cafe-au-lait spots increase at puberty. See www.Ctf.Org.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Varies

Signs and symptoms of NF1 can vary widely.
Earliest clinical finding usually in children with NF1 is multiple café-au-lait spots, brownish tan spots,present at birth or appearing frequently & increasing in size and number throughout childhood.Axillary,inguinal freckles are rarely at birth,but appear during childhood and adolescence.Subcutaneous/cutaneous neurofibromas older child.adolescence,adults

In brief: Varies

Signs and symptoms of NF1 can vary widely.
Earliest clinical finding usually in children with NF1 is multiple café-au-lait spots, brownish tan spots,present at birth or appearing frequently & increasing in size and number throughout childhood.Axillary,inguinal freckles are rarely at birth,but appear during childhood and adolescence.Subcutaneous/cutaneous neurofibromas older child.adolescence,adults
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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