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Pediatric Neurofibromatosis Tumors

Tumors of the optic nerve and visual pathway are the most common types of brain tumors in children with neurofibromatosis. Affecting nearly 20% of all children with neurofibromatosis, tumors can be incidental findings found on neuroimaging studies performed on asymptomatic children or progressive lesions that cause visual loss and other types of neurologic complications.

About half of all optic nerve and visual pathway tumors occur in children with neurofibromatosis. In general, the rate of progression is somewhat slower, and the degree of visual and neurologic disability caused by visual pathway gliomas is less in children with neurofibromatosis type 1. In some cases, however, the tumor can grow rapidly and cause unilateral or bilateral blindness.


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Learn more about our world-renowned Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis Institute, which helps children with neurofibromatosis type 1 or 2 live more normal lives.