NF2; 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.
- Hearing loss
- Ringing and noises in the ears
- Balance problems
- Cataracts at a young age
- Changes in vision
- Facial weakness
- Coffee-colored marks on the skin
Signs and tests
- Brain and spinal tumors
- Acoustic tumors
- Skin tumors
- Physical examination
- Medical history
- Genetic testing
Most patients require surgery to remove tumors. Tumors also can be treated with radiation.
For information and support, see http://www.nf.org
by Janet G. Derge, M.D.
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