Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2)
Neurofibromatosis Type 2 is a very rare genetically inherited disorder in which tumours of the nervous system, known as Schwannomas, can develop throughout the body. Those with the disorder NF2 will usually present with acoustic neuromas on both sides of the brain (bi-lateral).
Those affected by NF2 may develop a Schwannoma on any other nerve within the body, and each will create its own symptom and effect. The size and location of these tumours vary greatly across those affected.
Unlike acoustic neuromas, which are predominantly diagnosed in people from middle-age and over, NF2 is more likely diagnosed in young adulthood, sometimes even in childhood. A national framework exists within the NHS to facilitate the management of NF2 patients, ensuring that their complex needs are met in a timely manner.