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Neurofibromatosis Definition & Overview


Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder of the nervous system. It causes tumors to grow on the nerves in any part of the body. NF can also produce other abnormalities, such as:

  • Changes in skin color
  • Deformity of bones

The Nervous System

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There are two types:

  • NF1—caused by mutations (or changes) of the neurofibromin gene (more common)
  • NF2—caused by mutations of the merlin gene

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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