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This fact sheet contains general information about Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). Each person should be referred to a genetic service for further information and advice.

Key Points

  • NF2 is caused by faults (mutations) in the NF2 gene.
  • People with NF2 have an increased chance of developing benign (non-cancerous) tumours of the coverings of the nerves and brain (called schwannomas and meningiomas).
  • People with NF2 have an increased chance of developing benign tumours of the spinal cord.
  • People with NF2 have an increased chance of developing eye, skin and nerve problems
  • Family members (including infants and children) can be referred to a genetic service where experts can provide information, advice and support about their chance of developing benign tumours and the option of genetic testing.   

This cancer genetics fact sheet is a guide only and cannot cover every possible situation. The information provided is not intended to replace discussion with a health professional, and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Use of this document is subject to eviQ's disclaimer available at  www.eviQ.org.au  

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19 Nov 2018