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Neurofibromatosis type 2


Other Names for this Disease
  • Acoustic neurinoma bilateral
  • Acoustic schwannomas bilateral
  • Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis
  • Familial acoustic neurinoma
  • Familial acoustic neuroma
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Treatment

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How might neurofibromatosis type 2 be treated?

People with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) are generally monitored periodically for the development of associated tumors and other health problems. This may include an MRI of the brain and spinal cord; hearing and speech evaluations; and an eye exam.[1][2]

The treatment of NF2 depends on the signs and symptoms present in each person. For example, vestibular schwannomas are typically slow-growing tumors so they may be observed for a period of time before treatment becomes necessary. When they begin to cause symptoms, vestibular schwannomas are usually treated with surgery and less frequently, with radiation therapy. Other tumors associated with NF2 are also treated surgically, although chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy may also be recommended in rare circumstances.[1][2]

Hearing preservation and augmentation are also important in the management of people with NF2.[2]

Medscape Reference's Web site offers more specific information on the treatment and management of NF2. Please click on the link to access this resource.
Last updated: 7/21/2015

References
  1. D Gareth Evans, MD, FRCP. Neurofibromatosis type 2. UpToDate. April 2015; Accessed 7/21/2015.
  2. D Gareth Evans, MD, FRCP. Neurofibromatosis 2. GeneReviews. August 2011; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1201/#nf2.Clinical_Description.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Neurofibromatosis type 2. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Acoustic neurinoma bilateral
  • Acoustic schwannomas bilateral
  • Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis
  • Familial acoustic neurinoma
  • Familial acoustic neuroma
Related Diseases
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.