Look For Indications That Your Child Has Neurofibromatosis Type 1

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What type of neurofibromatosis does my child have?

Look For Indications That Your Child Has Neurofibromatosis Type 1

As a genetic neurological disorder that affects children from birth, neurofibromatosis can come in certain stages based on the age of your child. The most common type is neurofibromatosis type 1, or NF1. Your child will show certain physical signs that they may have NF1, such as:

Head Circumference

Your child may have a larger head circumference than normal, almost like a baby doll appearance with a large head attached to a smaller body.

Cafe-au-lait Spots

Another sign of NF1 are a large number of birthmarks over your child's body, except for the face. Referred to as cafe-au-lait spots, if your child has four or more that are larger than a dime, it's possible your child has NF1.

Abnormal spine, tibia or skull

The spine, skull bone, or tibia will abnormally grow as the bones enlarge. If your child shows a severe curve in the spine, this is called scoliosis.

   

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