Neurofibromatosis encompasses two very different diseases, Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) and Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2). There are a few overlapping features between them, however, which has resulted in longstanding confusion. The symptoms experienced by people with NF1 and NF2 are generally quite different and the confusion of health care professionals over the similarities and differences can be very frustrating to patients and their families.
Both disorders can be (and usually are) diagnosed based entirely on clinical findings. Genetic testing is available for both types of neurofibromatosis.
Johns Hopkins Care
Neurofibromatosis Types 1 and 2 are complex disorders with many symptoms involving many organ systems. As a result, it is important for patients with NF to be followed at a center that is very familiar with the symptoms of these disorders and knowledge of the natural history of NF. Furthermore, it is essential to have access to many different types of subspecialists. At Johns Hopkins, we provide multidisciplinary, coordinated care for adults and children.