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NF2 is Neurofibromatosis, Type II.  It is a genetic disorder that  causes benign (non-cancerous) tumors in the brain and/or throughout the central nervous system, often accompanied by peripheral tumors.  These tumors are called either neurofibromas or schwannomas.  They grow on nerves and put pressure on the nerves that eventually causes damage to the nerves.  Symptoms vary depending on which nerves are involved and the size of the tumors.  NF2 is caused by a defect in a gene on chromosome 22.  The affected gene has been identified, but at this time there is no cure for NF2.  Surgical removal of the tumors is the main treatment at this time, but attempting to treat the tumors with several types of radiation surgery is becoming more common.   

A good sources for additional NF2 background are NF, Inc. and National Neurofibromatosis Foundation (NNFF).  There are several other good NF2 related resources on our Links page.

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