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What increases my risk for neurofibromatosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If your parent has neurofibromatosis, you are at a very high risk for the condition. Neurofibromatosis only needs one gene from either parent to develop. However there are many cases of neurofibromatosis in which neither parent has the condition. Sometimes genes can spontaneously mutate, causing neurofibromatosis to develop.

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