An update on the CNS manifestations of neurofibromatosis type 2

AbstractNeurofibromatosis type II (NF2) is a tumor predisposition syndrome characterized by the development of distinctive nervous system lesions. NF2 results from loss-of-function alterations in theNF2 gene on chromosome 22, with resultant dysfunction of its protein product merlin. NF2 is most commonly associated with the development of bilateral vestibular schwannomas; however, patients also have a predisposition to development of other tumors including meningiomas, ependymomas, and peripheral, spinal, and cranial nerve schwannomas. Patients may also develop other characteristic manifestations such as ocular lesions, neuropathies, meningioangiomatosis, and glial hamartia. NF2 has a highly variable clinical course, with some patients exhibiting a severe phenotype and development of multiple tumors at an early age, while others may be nearly asymptomatic throughout their lifetime. Despite the high morbidity associated with NF2 in severe cases, management of NF2-associated lesions primarily consists of surgical resection and treatment of symptoms, and there are currently no FDA-approved systemic therapies that address the underlying biology of the syndrome. Refinements to the diagnostic criteria of NF2 have been proposed over time due to increasing understanding of clinical and molecular data. Large-population studies have demonstrated that some features such as the development of gliomas and neurofibromas, currently included as diagnostic criteria, may require further clarifi...
Source: Acta Neuropathologica - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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This article reviews the currently available data on management of tumors associated with these three syndromes.
Source: Current Treatment Options in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conditions:   Neurofibromatosis 2;   Vestibular Schwannoma;   Meningioma;   Ependymoma;   Glioma Intervention:   Drug: Selumetinib Sponsors:   Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati;   AstraZeneca Not yet recruiting - verified March 2017
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CONCLUSION: This is the first case of medulloblastoma occurring in a patient with NF2 and raises the possibility of an association between medulloblastoma and NF2. PMID: 26539318 [PubMed]
Source: Surgical Neurology International - Category: Neurosurgery Tags: Surg Neurol Int Source Type: research
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