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Neurofibromatosis

Q: Should a person with neurofibromatosis have children?

A:There is nothing against a person with neurofibromatosis having a child. The only thing to be kept in mind is that there is a 50 % chance the child may suffer from the same disease. However, one can do tests during pregnancy (using DNA technology) to find out whether the feotus (unborn baby) has inherited the normal or the abnormal gene from the affected parent. For this purpose you should consult a geneticist before you have a child, as the tests to enable this diagnosis need some time.

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