Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder within the group of Phakomatosis (Von Recklinghausen’s disease or Neurofibromatosis type 1, Neurofibromatosis type 2, Sturge-Weber Syndrome, Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome and Tuberous sclerosis or Bourneville disease).
Neurofibromatosis is a disorder that affects the development and growth of nerve tissue cells. This means the patient has a susceptibility to generate tumours of nervous origin. Classically there are two types:
- Neurofibromatosis type 1: characterised by the appearance skin spots (“whitish”) and the appearance of neurofibromas.
- Neurofibromatosis type 2: tendency to create nerve tumours but without skin disorders.
Talk to a neurosurgeon with experience in these diseases for correct follow-up and surgical action if necessary.