Aka. NF1

Introducing You to NF1

NF1 is a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors called neurofibromas. Neurofibromas form on, or under the skin, as well as in the brain and the peripheral nervous system. The disorder is caused by a mutation in a gene on a chromosome 17.

How to Catch Neurofibromatosis

Most of the time you catch Neurofibromatosis from a parent. The disorder is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. This means, a child only needs to inherit on copy of the defective gene to get the disorder. Each child of a parent who has NF1 has a 1 in 2 chance of getting the desease.

Some of the Top Symptoms

How Neurofibromotosis is Treated

Doctors Say...

There is no cure or treatment for NF1, but surgery can remove tumors and correct malformed bones. In a very small percentage of cases, the tumors become cancerous. As in other cancers, these tumors are surgically removed and treated with chemotherapy or radiation (to kill cancer cells).

(..not so) Fun Facts

Neurofibromatosis was first described in medical literature by Dr. Friedrich von Recklinghausen. NF was called Von Recklinghausen's disease for many years. People who have NF1 may have very few neurofibromas or they may have thousands of them.