Von Recklinghausen’s disease (VRD) is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of tumours on the nerves. The disease can also affect the skin and cause bone deformities. There are three forms of VRD:
neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)
neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2)
schwannomatosis, which is a variant of NF2
The most common form of VRD is NF1. This disease causes tumours called neurofibromas in the tissues and organs of the body.
VRD tumors can become cancerous, and management of this disease focuses on monitoring the tumours for cancerous changes.
One of the curious things about Neuroendocrine Cancer (NETs elsewhere in the text) is that it can very often exhibit one or more vague symptoms collectively known as a 'syndrome'. Syndrome is an apt word to describe these complications as the most general meaning in medical terms is a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder or disease". Having a syndrome can often be the difference between having a 'functional' condition or a non-functional' condition - see more below.This frequently makes Neuroendocrine Cancer very difficult to diagnose quickly. It's a very devious disease.It's NOT all about Carcinoid Syndrome!Most people think of Carcinoid Syndrome when they discuss NETs. Anyone suggesting that all NET patients get carcinoid syndrome or that all symptoms of NETs are caused by carcinoid…