Prognosis for Neurofibromatosis

Prognosis for patients with neurofibromatosis depends on the type. Type 1 NF may reduce life expectancy by up to 15 years, usually due to malignant tumors. Early diagnosis and treatment (e.g., surgery, radiation) may reduce mortality rates.

Prognosis for patients with Type 2 NF depends on age of onset and the number and location of tumors. Prompt diagnosis and treatment (surgery) may improve life expectancy to more than 15 years following diagnosis.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 30 Apr 2001

Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015