Neurofibromatosis Type 1?
Good evening, my doctor would like to ask about the risk of neurofibromatosis because I always have pain in my back and like to move to other parts thank you.
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Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder in the form of lumps / tumors that are soft and benign in nerve tissue. These tumors can grow in several places from the nervous system such as the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves which are found in the skin. Lumps can be felt under the skin as small or large lumps. The cause of neurofibromatosis is not known with certainty, but it is suspected that it is due to heredity (a family history of having the same disease) and chromosomal (gene) abnormalities from birth. There are two types of neurofibromatosis, namely neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF 1) and type 2 (NF 2), of which type 1 is the most common type of neurofibromatosis. Symptoms of neurofibromatosis type 1 usually begin to appear before the age of 10 and appear gradually over years. The symptoms experienced include:
Soft bumps on the surface or under the skin Cafe au lait spots (brownish spots like milk coffee which are usually more than 6) Crooked calves Brown spots clustered around the chest, back, stomach, etc. Scoliosis (curvature of the spine to the side) Bones fragile Tumors that grow in the spinal cord or in the brain can cause seizures, paralysis or loss of vision. Treatment of neurofibromatosis 1 (NF 1) is only done to treat the symptoms experienced by patients because there is no drug that can significantly cure neurofibromatosis 1. Although the symptoms of neurofibromatosis are usually mild, over time it can cause complications such as:
Hearing loss Learning disabilities Visual impairment Severe pain Risk of malignancy (cancer) Pain can be treated with pain relievers such as paracetamol or mefenamic acid etc. However, to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment, you should immediately consult a neurologist so that you can do a direct physical examination and other supporting examinations and to prevent unwanted complications. May be useful. Best regards, Dr. Shirly
To add insight, also read the article on neurofibromatosis type 2