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Neurofibromatosis is an under recognized genetic disorder of the nervous system. NF1 affects one of every 3,000 births, NF2 affects one in 30,000.

NF1 can run in families with varying degrees of severity. Common findings in NF1:

  • multiple café au lait (light brown) skin spots
  • neurofibromas (small benign growths) on or under the skin
  • freckling in the armpits or groin

About 50% of people with NF1 also have learning challenges. Occasionally, tumors may develop in the brain, on cranial nerves or on the spinal cord. Individuals with NF2 usually present with bilateral vestibular schwannomas in young adulthood. NF affects individuals of all race and ethnic groups and does not have a gender bias.

The Beaumont Children’s Neurofibromatosis Clinic assesses children based on specific criteria to make a diagnosis and provide continuum care recommendations for NF. Patients have access to physical examination, family history assessment, diagnostic imaging and genetic testing. It also provides risk assessment for other family members.

The NF Clinic is led by Heather Little, D.O., a board-certified pediatric neurologist who specializes in the care of children with neurological disorders and a special emphasis with NF.

The pediatric multidisciplinary team also includes:

  • neurology nurse practitioner
  • occupational therapist
  • dietician
  • nurse coordinator
  • board certified genetic counselor
  • medical social worker