It is a rare dominate genetic disorder that affects the 22nd chromosome.
It can be inherited by a parent who is affected by the disorder or a spontanous mutation.
"Recent studies estimate that the incidence of neurofibromatosis type 2
may be as high as 1 in 25,000 people."
Autosomal Dominant Pattern Chart Indivuals who have the NF2 Gene have a 50% chance of passing down the gene to their children.
This disorder causes tumors to grow through out the central nervous system, spinal cord, and the brain. Tumors can also grow through out other nerves of the body. It is diagnosed if bilateral vesticular shwannomas (acoustic neuromas) are present in the 8th cranial nerve.
These tumors affect the nerves in which it is growing. They can cause: -hearing loss -facial paralysis -spinal cord compression -tinnitus -catarracts -loss of vision -loss of balance -brain tumors