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Alternative Names Return to topNF2; Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis; Central bilateral acoustic NF
Definition Return to top
Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) is a genetic disorder in which tumors form on the nerves of the brain and spine (the central nervous system).
See also: Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1)
Causes Return to top
NF2 is passed down through families in an autosomal dominant fashion. This means that if one parent has NF2, any child of that parent has a 50-50 chance of having it.
The main risk factor is having a family history of the condition.
Symptoms Return to top
Symptoms of NF2 include:
Exams and Tests Return to top
Treatment Return to top
Most patients need surgery to remove tumors. Tumors also can be treated with radiation.
Support Groups Return to top
For information and support, visit www.nf.org.Update Date: 10/25/2007 Updated by: Chad Haldeman-Englert, M.D., Division of Human Genetics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.