Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system. People who are affected by NF can present with a wide variety of manifestations including tumour growth along any nerve throughout the body. Although usually benign, these tumours (neurofibromas) may cause chronic pain or may become malignant. Other complications of NF may include blindness or hearing loss, learning impairment, bone deformations, cardiovascular complications, headaches, seizures, and brain tumours.
FACT: There are three distinct types of Neurofibromatosis: NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis
FACT: NF1 is the most common neurological disorder caused by a single gene; 1:3000 births
FACT: There's a 50% chance of inheriting NF from a parent; however, 50% of cases are a spontaneous mutation
FACT: NF occurs worldwide; it affects both sexes equally and has no geographic, or ethnic distribution
FACT: Symptoms and severity of the disorder can vary greatly among individuals. In some cases it can be severely debilitating
The Neurofibromatosis Society of Ontario (NFSO) is an organization made up of volunteers providing support and services to families living with all types NF. In addition to assisting individuals and families, NFSO works closely with clinical and research professionals who specialize in the treatment of NF.