Neurofibromatosis type 1
Other Names for this Disease
- Recklinghausen's disease
- Type 1 neurofibromatosis
- Von Recklinghausen disease
Your QuestionI was recently diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1. Due to my mild symptoms, I believe that I may have segmental neurofibromatosis. Is there a test which can confirm this diagnosis?
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An individual with segmental neurofibromatosis has the NF1 gene mutation in only some cells of their body. On the other hand, an individual with neurofibromatosis type 1 will have the mutation in all of their cells.To test for neurofibromatosis type 1, a blood test can be done to look for a mutation in the NF1 gene. For an individual with segmental neurofibromatosis, the blood test may not be able to find a mutation. Instead of using blood, a small sample (biopsy) of affected skin or tumor can be tested for the NF1 mutation.
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