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The physical and psychological implications of neurofibromatosis

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is one of the most common known genetic disorders, and encompasses at least two diseases: NF1 (previously known as Von-Recklinghausen’s disease) and the much rarer NF2 (previously known as central or bilateral acoustic NF). The incidence of NF1 at birth is one in 2,500-3,000 (Huson et al, 1988). It causes nerves in any part of the body to develop non-malignant swellings (neurofibromas), which can appear in any tissue where the affected nerve is lying. NF2, which ...

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