3 years ago

Cerebral vasculopathy in childhood neurofibromatosis type 2: cause for concern?

Unlike adult neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), which presents with symptoms related to bilateral vestibular schwannomas, children with NF2 most frequently present with ocular, dermatological, and neurological symptoms. Arteriopathy, a well‐established feature in neurofibromatosis type 1, is not a widely recognized feature of NF2. Here we report three children with NF2 with cerebral arteriopathy and/or arterial ischaemic stroke. Bevacizumab, a vascular endothethial growth factor inhibitor, is an established treatment for rapidly growing vestibular schwannomas; however, it carries a risk of both ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke. Thus, the role of screening and risk to benefit ratio of bevacizumab in NF2 merit further consideration.
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