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How does neurofibromatosis affect the body?

Type 1 neurofibromatosis causes small, benign tumors (also known as neurofibromas) to grow on or under the sign. Sometimes, these lumps are nothing more than a nuisance, but sometimes neurofibromas can cause deformities. Neurofibromas located under the skin near bones, can cause the bone to grow in a deformed manner. Type 2 neurofibromatosis causes tumors to form throughout the body.  For example, they may form on the auditory nerve, in the ear. These tumors can cause hearing loss, a constant ringing in the ear, and difficulties with balance.

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