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Neurofibromatosis is a lifelong genetic disease in which tumors can grow on nerves almost anywhere in the body – on and under the skin, on organs and other bodily structures. The small and large growths can be not only physically disabling for the patient but, when visible, create significant deformity with its associated social stigmata.

Males and females of all ethnicities are at equal risk to acquire neurofibromatosis. The disease falls into two types, NF1 and NF2. Both types can be inherited, requiring only one parent to pass the abnormal gene for a child to develop the disease. However, the inherited form of the disease is not thought to skip generations. Both NF1 and NF2 also can develop without a parental gene source, as a result of spontaneous genetic mutation. Follow the link to read an overview article on neurofibromatosis.

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