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neurofibromatosis
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A genetic condition which causes tumours to grow on the nerve tissue and anywhere on the nervous system, including the spinal cord, nerves and brain.

The tumours are usually non-cancerous although they can trigger a range of symptoms including problems with the eyes, bones and nervous system.

Neurofibromatosis type 1 occurs if the NF1 gene is faulty leading to uncontrolled growths developing in the nervous system and can be passed on to the patient’s children.

Neurofibromatosis type 2 occurs if the NF2 gene is faulty and is passed on from a parent to their child.

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