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Pediatric Optic Nerve Gliomas

Tumors of the optic nerve and visual pathway are the most common types of brain tumors in children with neurofibromatosis. Affecting nearly 20% of all children with neurofibromatosis, tumors can be incidental findings found on neuroimaging studies performed on asymptomatic children or progressive lesions that cause visual loss and other types of neurologic complications.

About half of all visual pathway and optic nerve tumors occur in children with neurofibromatosis. In general, the rate of progression is somewhat slower and the degree of visual and neurologic disability caused by optic nerve gliomas is less in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). In some cases, however, the tumor can grow rapidly and cause unilateral or bilateral blindness.

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Maddox's Story

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Zhen Chao, now called Maddox, was born in China with a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) that can cause painful or disfiguring tumors called plexiform neurofibromas. Read about Maddox.

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