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Neurofibromatosis type 2


Other Names for this Disease

  • Acoustic neurinoma bilateral
  • Acoustic schwannomas bilateral
  • Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis
  • Neurofibromatosis central type
  • Neurofibromatosis type II
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Overview

Neurofibromatosis type 2 is a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors in the nervous system. The most common tumors associated with neurofibromatosis type 2 are called vestibular schwannomas or acoustic neuromas. These growths develop along the nerve that carries information from the inner ear to the brain (the auditory nerve). Tumors that occur on nerves in other areas of the brain or spinal cord are also commonly seen with this condition. Mutations in the NF2 gene cause neurofibromatosis type 2. Neurofibromatosis type 2 is considered to have an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance.[1]
Last updated: 6/6/2012

References

  1. Neurofibromatosis type 2. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). March 2007; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=neurofibromatosistype2. Accessed 5/11/2009.
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  • DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Neurofibromatosis type 2. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
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  • The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
  • The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. Click on the link to view information on this topic. 
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  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Acoustic neurinoma bilateral
  • Acoustic schwannomas bilateral
  • Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis
  • Neurofibromatosis central type
  • Neurofibromatosis type II
More Names
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