Learn more about the conditions that fall under the name “neurofibromatosis”.
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.
This booklet may be downloaded for FREE. It may also be mailed FREE to any NF family or individual who is new to NF Midwest and resides in the NF Midwest service region of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa or the east half of Missouri. If you are not in these regions you may contact the NF Network.
We thought the symposium was really great. It was really informative and was great to meet other families. Thank you for specifically introducing us to the couple from Tinley Park. We also had a chance to talk with some of the doctors during the lunch period and that was really helpful as well. …. … we reminded ourselves to not get overwhelmed by the info and just to take it all in stride as much as we can. I think when it's all new to you, it all sounds so scary. Which is why it was so nice to meet other families with happy kids and adults with NF. …I also really liked the check presentations! How great to see the money/research going straight into the hands of the doctors.
The resources on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice on Neurofibromatosis. Users seeking information about a personal genetic disease, syndrome, or condition should consult with a qualified healthcare professional.