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Von Recklinghausen’s disease

Hereditary disorder involving characteristic skin patches and tumours of the skin and nerve tissue. In the nerves of spinal cord and brain, neurinomas and neurofibromas usually occur; they are normally both benign tumours. They can be very close to the spinal cord or brain, and cause discomfort by pressure. On rare occasions neurofibromas can become malignant. Tumours can also occur in or on the skin at the extremities of nerves that run into the skin. The resulting patches are coffee-coloured, and there can be massive local connective tissue formation with resultant enlargement of parts of the body. Bone tumours and crookedness of the spinal column (scoliosis) may also occur.

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