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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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  • My son was diagnosed with NF1 when he was really young. He recently went from always being hungry to not wanting to eat anything. Does NF1 cause tumors to grow inside or outside the stomach that would cause a huge appetite change? Click here for answer

  • I am under alot of stress and have noticed more and more new tumors, and the older ones have increase in size, and some of them have changed color. Will stress increase the growth of tumors? Click here for answer

  • Can my cafe au lait spots be removed with laser surgery? Click here for answer

  • Is there a relationship between neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and epilepsy or mood disorders? Also, do individuals with NF1 or NF2 have a normal life expectancy? Click here for answer

  • My son was diagnosed with NF1. At birth, doctors noticed his neck was shorter and his eyes and ears where tilted a bit. They ran some test and discovered that he is missing the whole gene instead of it just being mutated. His genetic doctor said he's never really seen this before and can't really tell me much about how it's going to affect my son. I was just wondering if you had any information on this gene being completely missing. Click here for answer

  • I have neurofibromatosis type 1, and in the last couple of years I have developed severe skin itching. Do you think the itching has anything to do with NF1? Click here for answer

  • My infant son has 5 cafe au lait spots on his trunk and left leg. He was adopted, so I don't know about family history. Is there a genetic test which can help to rule-out neurofibromatosis? Click here for answer

  • I 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? Click here for answer

  • In neurofibromatosis type 1 does injury to a neurofibroma cause a growth increase in the nodule or any other problems? Should special precautions be taken to avoid damage to a neurofibroma? Click here for answer

  • My son has what the doctor is calling fibromas on his legs that have been growing for about 2 years. Both legs have huge tumors on them and growing all the time. My son has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis.  My understanding is that there is no cure? Click here for answer

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.