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What symptoms make you think of neurofibromatosis?

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Dr. Steven Giannotta
Neurosurgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
The Elephant Man did not have nf but had rare syndrome called Proteus syndrome which has some things in common but not tumors of neurofibromatosis.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Variable

Nf is very variable in expression and progression.
Nf1 can affect the skin(neurofibromas, cafe au lait spots) , eyes( gliomas), bones( scoliosis and pseudarthrosis)nerves with neurofibromas, and a person's general constitution (adhd and mental retardation). The more severe cases are usually detected earlier in life. Nf2 type includes brain tumors such as ependymomas, meningiomas, acoustic neuroma.

In brief: Variable

Nf is very variable in expression and progression.
Nf1 can affect the skin(neurofibromas, cafe au lait spots) , eyes( gliomas), bones( scoliosis and pseudarthrosis)nerves with neurofibromas, and a person's general constitution (adhd and mental retardation). The more severe cases are usually detected earlier in life. Nf2 type includes brain tumors such as ependymomas, meningiomas, acoustic neuroma.
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