Von Recklinghausen’s Disease Pictures - 75 Photos & Images

Von Recklinghausen’s disease (VRD) is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of tumors on the nerves. The disease can also affect the skin and cause bone deformities.
The most common form of VRD is NF1. This disease causes tumors called neurofibromas in the tissues and organs of the body. According to the Dental Research Journal, VRD is one of the most common genetic disorders and affects about 1 in 3,000 people.

Symptoms of VRD affecting the skin include the following:

  • Café au lait macules are tan spots in different sizes and shapes. They can be found in multiple places on the skin.
  • Freckles can occur under the arms or in the groin area.
  • Neurofibromas are tumors around or on peripheral nerves.
  • Plexiform neurofibromas are tumors affecting the nerve bundles.

Other signs and symptoms of VRD include the following

  • Lisch nodules are growths affecting the iris of the eyes.
  • Pheochromocytoma is a tumor of the adrenal gland. Ten percent of these tumors are cancerous.
  • Liver enlargement can occur.
  • Glioma is a tumor of the optic nerve.

Bone involvement from VRD includes short stature, deformities of bones, and scoliosis, or abnormal curvature, of the spine.

All patients should have yearly neurological exams and yearly eye exams.

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