Neurofibromatosis, type 1

Overview

What is Neurofibromatosis Type 1?

Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) is a genetic condition that can cause skin findings and tumors, or growths, in different parts of the body. The majority of the tumors that NF1 can cause are benign (do not cause cancer). Individuals with NF1 may also develop an eye finding called iris Lisch nodules, which do not affect vision but can be an important diagnostic clue. People with NF1 can be affected very differently from one another, even in the same family. Some individuals with NF1 may have very mild health issues and may never be diagnosed on the basis of their symptoms, while others with NF1 have much more severe health and/or cosmetic issues on the basis of their symptoms.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/neurofibromatosis-type-i/overview/10105 • DATE UPDATED: 2016-06-09

References

http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/neurofibromatosis-type-1

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