Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) is a genetic disorder in which tumors form on the nerves of the brain and spine (the central nervous system).
Although it has a similar name to
NF2; Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis; Central bilateral acoustic NF
NF2 is passed down through families in an
The main risk factor is having a family history of the condition.
Symptoms of NF2 include:
Cataractsat a young age
Changes in vision
Coffee-colored marks on the skin (café-au-lait)
Ringing and noises in the ears
Weakness of the face
Exams and Tests
Brain and spinal tumors
Hearing-related (acoustic) tumors
- Genetic testing
- Medical history
- Physical examination
Acoustic neuromas can be observed, or treated with surgery or
Patients may benefit from genetic counseling.
Every year, patients with NF2 should be evaluated with:
- MRI of the brain and spinal cord
- Hearing and speech evaluation
- Eye exam
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