Neurofibromatosis 2NF2; Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis; Central bilateral acoustic NF
Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) is a disorder in which tumors form on the nerves of the brain and spine (the central nervous system). It is passed down (inherited) in families.
Although it has a similar name to neurofibromatosis type 1, it is a different and separate condition.
Neurofibromatosis type 1
Neurofibromatosis-1 (NF1) is an inherited disorder in which nerve tissue tumors (neurofibromas) form in the: Bottom layer of skin (subcutaneous tissu...
NF2 can be passed down through families in an autosomal dominant pattern. This means that if 1 parent has NF2, any child of that parent has a 50% chance of inheriting the condition.
Autosomal dominant is one of several ways that a trait or disorder can be passed down (inherited) through families. In an autosomal dominant disease,...
The main risk factor is having a family history of the condition.
Symptoms of NF2 include:
- Balance problems
- Cataracts at a young age
- Changes in vision
- Coffee-colored marks on the skin (café-au-lait)
- Hearing loss
- Ringing and noises in the ears
- Weakness of the face
Exams and Tests
Signs of NF2 include:
- Brain and spinal tumors
- Hearing-related (acoustic) tumors
- Skin tumors
- Genetic testing
- Medical history
- Physical examination
Acoustic tumors can be observed, or treated with surgery or radiation.
Radiation therapy uses high-powered x-rays, particles, or radioactive seeds to kill cancer cells.
People with this disorder may benefit from genetic counseling.
People with NF2 should be regularly evaluated with these tests:
- MRI of the brain and spinal cord
- Hearing and speech evaluation
- Eye exam
A support group can be helpful for emotional support and for giving and receiving practical advice. For information and support, visit www.ctf.org.
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Central nervous system - illustration
The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system includes all peripheral nerves.
Central nervous system
Review Date: 10/27/2015
Reviewed By: Chad Haldeman-Englert, MD, FACMG, Fullerton Genetics Center, Asheville, NC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.