Neurofibromas tend to be painless and grow slowly. If they push on nerves, symptoms may include:
Diagnosis of a neurofibroma will begin with talking to your doctor about your symptoms and medical history. Tests may include an eye exam. Your doctor may also order imaging tests such as an MRI. If he or she suspects neurofibromatosis, you may be referred to a genetic counselor for testing.
If symptoms are mild, your doctor may recommend watchful waiting. Neurofibromatosis cannot be cured, though your neurologist may decide to remove tumors.
If surgery is required to remove the tumor, Aurora offers the Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA), a minimally invasive procedure in which the tumor is removed through the nasal passages, resulting in no incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
If the tumor is cancerous, your doctor will talk with you about additional neurofibroma treatment options.