Neurofibromatosis

by: Lizeth Martinez

what is Neurofibromatosis????

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in your nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue. These tumors can grow anywhere in the nerve tissue. They usually occur or grow in your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. you can get this disease in child hood or early adult hood. Many effects can happen because of Neurofibromatosis for example it can cause hearing loss, learning impairments, and blood vessel complications to serve disability, loss of vision and, severe pain. Neurofibromatosis is dominant.

symptoms

There are 3 types of Neurofibromatosis. The first one is called Neurofibromatosis 1 or (NF1) this one you usually get it in your childhood. The symptoms that can happen are flat maybe light brown spots on your skin, freckling on your armpits or your private part, soft bumps in or under your skin, tiny bumps close to your eye, bone deformities, learning disabilities, learning disabilities, larger than average size head, short stature. Next Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) now (NF2) can cause gradual hearing loss, ringing in the ears, facial drop, numbness or weakness in the arms or legs, pain, and balance difficulties.Finally the third type of Neurofibromatosis is called Schwannomatosis and this type can cause painful tumors called Schwannomas to develop on cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerves. This type is different then the 2 others because it dosent cause hearing loss since the tumors cant grow on the nerve called peripheral. It mainly causes chronic pain.

Treatments

when you get these symptoms, or as soon as you see them. You should get medical attention as soon as possible. Surgery may help ease symptoms. Some people can benefit from therapy.