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Neurofibromatosis Type 2

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by Jones P




This article discusses NF2. These tumors tend to arise in the central nervous system. The eighth cranial nerve, which affects hearing and balance, is the most commonly involved nerve.
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Symptoms will depend on the exact location sand size of the tumor. Smaller tumors may not cause symptoms.
Symptoms that may occur include:
  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • Poor balance
  • Headaches
  • Pain or numbness in the face
  • Visual problems such as double or blurry vision
  • Weakness or tingling in arms or legs
  • Bumps under skin (tumor) or small flesh colored skin flaps—in adults may also have dark, rough, hairy patches over tumor


The doctor will ask about your medical and family medical history. A physical exam will also be done. It may take a few years before NF2 is diagnosed. NF2 may be suspected if there is a presence or history of:
The diagnosis is generally made based on your history, symptoms, and the physical exam.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan may be done to create images of the nerves and brain to look for tumors. Samples of tumors may also be removed and sent for a biopsy.


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