Neurofibromatosis is a rare genetic skin disease that leads to looking very different, just ask “elephant man” and “bubble man” who are two people that suffers from NB.
What is it?
Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disease that causes tumor growth all throughout the body and on the nerves as well as abnormal skin pigmentation and learning disabilities. It’s broken down into three types: Type 1 Neurofibromatosis, Type 2 Neurofibromatosis, and Schwannomatosis. It often originally presents itself as birthmarks, known as café-au-lait spots, or as an outbreak of freckles in unusual places. In more severe cases, tumors can grow on the skin or on the nerves inside the body and even near the brain.
Where is it Located?
Neurofibromatosis can occur to anyone anywhere in the world across any ethnic group. As one of the most common types of neurological disorders, it also affects both men and women equally. More than 100,000 people in the United States alone suffer from Neurofibromatosis.
How will it kill you?
Neurofibromatosis is the most common type of brain tumor, which can be fatal if it continues to grow. Malignant tumors can form on the nerves, and the resulting cancer could possibly kill a person if treatment is not sought. Tumors can also form on the spinal cord, which can cause problems with sensations in the face and can result in bone deformities. The latter can lead to scoliosis. If developed in children, Type 1 Neurofibromatosis can lead to learning disabilities and the formation of an unusually large head.
How To Survive
In many cases, tumors from nb are benign and slow in growing. But there are situations where it can be fatal for your health and there is no cure or medicine for it if it gets serious, for which treatment options are available. These include standard cancer treatment methods in hospitals to deal with malignant tumors. Patients with Type 2 neurofibromatosis may require stereotactic radiosurgery, a method that applies radiation treatment specifically in the areas in which tumor growth is present. Surgically removing the tumors before they cause further complications can also increase the chances of survival.