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Neurofibromatosis 2

  • Definition

    Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) is a genetic disorder in which tumors form on the nerves of the brain and spine (the central nervous system).

    See also: Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1)

    Alternative Names

    NF2; Bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis; Central bilateral acoustic NF

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    NF2 is passed down through families in an autosomal dominant fashion. This means that if one parent has NF2, any child of that parent has a 50-50 chance of having it.

    The main risk factor is having a family history of the condition.