Neurofibromatosis type 2
Other Names for this Disease
- Neurofibromatosis central type
- Acoustic schwannomas bilateral
- Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis
- Acoustic neurinoma bilateral
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Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. This means that a person only needs a change (mutation) in one copy of the responsible gene in each cell to have a genetic predisposition to the tumors associated with NF2. In approximately half of cases, an affected person inherits the mutation from an affected parent. Other cases may result from new (de novo) mutations in the gene; these cases occur in people with no history of the disorder in their family. A person with NF2 has a 50% chance with each pregnancy of passing along the altered gene to his or her child.
Last updated: 7/21/2015
- D Gareth Evans, MD, FRCP. Neurofibromatosis 2. GeneReviews. August 2011; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1201/#nf2.Clinical_Description.