A to Z: Neurofibromatosisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about neurofibromatosis (NF), which can cause tumors to grow, including how it's treated.neurofibromatosis, neurofibromas, tumors, tumours, benign, café au lait spots, brown spots, neurocutaneous syndromes, neurocutaneous, a to z, definitions, glossary, genetic disorders, tumor growth12/05/201204/09/201909/02/2019ca45b9e9-2d01-4155-94d6-a0315c7117achttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-nf.html/<p><em>May also be called: NF</em></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/nf.html/">Neurofibromatosis (NF)</a> is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/neurocutaneous.html/">neurocutaneous syndrome</a> that can cause growth of non-cancerous tumors on nerve tissue, producing skin and bone abnormalities. &nbsp;(A neurocutaneous syndrome is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-genetics.html/">genetic</a>, or inherited,&nbsp;disorder that leads to tumor growth in various parts of the body.)</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>NF is defined by tumors, called neurofibromas, that grow along nerves or on or under the skin. As they grow, they can press on vital areas of the body, causing problems. NF can affect many parts of the body, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, skin, and other body systems.</p> <p>The first noticeable sign is almost always the presence of brown caf&eacute; au lait spots, which don't hurt, itch, or progress to anything more serious. Neurofibromas often are noticed&nbsp;on various parts of the body, beginning at the arms, around 10 years of age.</p> <p>Many neurofibromas can be removed surgically, and the vast majority are benign (noncancerous).</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <div id="whichRead_1"> <p>There's no specific cure for NF, but tumors usually can be removed and complications treated. About half the children with NF develop learning disabilities and might need extra help in the classroom.</p> </div> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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Neurocutaneous SyndromesNeurocutaneous syndromes are genetic disorders that lead to tumor growth in various parts of the body. Learn how to maximize the quality of life for children with these diseases.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/neurocutaneous.html/7e9e3b3a-59da-4998-8655-57927110240f
Neurofibromatosis Type 1Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a genetic condition that causes benign tumors in and under the skin, often with bone, hormone, and other problems. Learn more about how it's diagnosed and treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/nf.html/433de099-c8cd-4cf0-b6dc-3734a70c9d45