About Neurofibromatosis

The neurofibromatoses (NF) are a set of genetic disorders which cause tumors to grow along various types of nerves and, in addition, can affect the development of non-nervous tissues such as bones and skin. NF causes tumors to grow anywhere on or in the body. A variety of terms are used to refer to NF.

In 1882, NF was first delineated in the medical literature by Dr. Friedrich von Recklinghausen and was so known as Von Recklinghausen’s Disease for many years.

Phakomatosis, from the Greek word “phakos” (meaning birthmark), refers to several disorders, including NF, characterized by birthmarks.

Neurocutaneous Disorder refers to any one of several disorders, of which NF is the most common, which affect the skin and the nervous system.