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Alternative namesNF2; Bilateral Acoustic Neurofibromatosis (BAN); Central Bilateral Acoustic NF
Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on the nerves of the central nervous system, in the brain, and on the spine.
See also neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1).
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
NF2 is inherited, and the main risk factor is having a family history of NF2. Inheritance is autosomal dominant . If a parent has NF2, the chances of a child having it are 50-50.
Signs and testsSigns include:
Most patients require surgery to remove tumors. Tumors also can be treated with radiation.
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Update Date: 11/3/2003Celeste Krauss, M.D., Board Certified Clinical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics and Pediatrics. Founding Fellow, American College of Medical Genetics. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT