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What is Neurofibromatosis?

Learn more about the conditions that fall under the name “neurofibromatosis”.

NF in a Nutshell

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a complex, often devastating set of genetic disorders with possible complications throughout the entire body that may also hold the genetic mystery to a host of other human ailments. Affecting approximately 1 in 2,500 people or 2 million people worldwide, it appears equally in all races, ethnic groups and both sexes.

A common complication for a person with NF is the growth of tumors on the nerves anywhere in and on the body. There are currently several separate, distinct disorders classified as neurofibromatosis. This includes neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), and schwannomatosis. Others are also being identified.

If you or a loved one has NF, it is vital to be armed with a strong knowledge and understanding about the disorder and to see an NF doctor who is not only knowledgeable but also very experienced in the treatment of NF.

On this website and on links that take you beyond, we hope you find some of the answers that you are looking for.

National Institute of Health Fact Sheet ¿Qué son las neurofibromatosis?


Understanding Neurofibromatosis 3rd Edition

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