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Neurofibromatosis type 1


Other Names for this Disease

  • NF1
  • Recklinghausen's disease
  • Type 1 neurofibromatosis
  • Von Recklinghausen disease
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Can my cafe au lait spots be removed with laser surgery?

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Can my cafe au lait spots be removed with laser surgery?

Although cafe au lait spots do not require medical treatment, laser surgery has been used to remove them for cosmetic reasons. However, people who have undergone this surgery have experienced variable results; some showed complete removal of multiple cafe au lait spots, whereas others had a return of the spots following surgery. Because of the variable response to this treatment, the risks, benefits, and limitations of laser surgery to remove cafe au lait spots should always be discussed with a physician.[1]
Last updated: 12/1/2014

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Other Names for this Disease
  • NF1
  • Recklinghausen's disease
  • Type 1 neurofibromatosis
  • Von Recklinghausen disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.