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nervous system. There are three types of neurofibromatosis that are each associated with unique signs and symptoms:Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition that causes tumors to develop in the
- Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) causes skin changes (cafe-au-lait spots, freckling in armpit and groin area); bones abnormalities; optic gliomas; and tumors on the nerve tissue or under the skin. Signs and symptoms are usually present at birth.
- Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) causes acoustic neuromas; hearing loss; ringing in the ears; poor balance; brain and/or spinal tumors; and cataracts at a young age. It often starts in the teen years.
- Schwannomatosis causes schwannomas, pain, numbness, weakness, and balance problems. It is the rarest type.
Last updated: 11/30/2014
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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.
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