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Neurofibromatosis type 1
Other Names for this Disease
- Recklinghausen's disease
- Type 1 neurofibromatosis
- Von Recklinghausen disease
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Your QuestionIn neurofibromatosis type 1 does injury to a neurofibroma cause a growth increase in the nodule or any other problems? Should special precautions be taken to avoid damage to a neurofibroma?
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A neurofibroma is a non-cancerous (benign) tumor that develops from the cells and tissues that cover nerves. Some people who develop neurofibromas have a genetic condition known as neurofibromatosis (NF). There are different types of NF, but type 1 is the most common.
Last updated: 6/6/2012
As with any injury, it is important that breaks in the skin are protected from infection and inflammation. If a neurofibroma is shaved off due to an injury, the neurofibroma can return. To learn more about how you should care for an injured neurofibroma or specific suggestions for avoiding injury, we recommend that you speak with your health care provider.
Last updated: 6/8/2012
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