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Light brown spots on child and possibility of Neurofibromatosis

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there are 4 light brown spots (3 are of 1cm,1 is 1/2 cm) on my 6 yrs old son's skin (on back,limb,chest). these spots have appeared during 24 months. is he suffering from Neurofibromatosis?? there is no family history, no other symptoms & he is very good in academics.

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Expert:  Dr. Sudhir Kumar replied 4 Days.


Thank you for posting your query at DoctorSpring.

These lesions as you described most likely care cafe au lait macules, which are commonly seen in patients with neurofibromatosis. But for them to be significant, they should be at least six or more in number.

In addition, there should be other skin lesions, such as neurofibromas (small tumors under the skin arising from the nerve), axillary freckling, etc. Also, there should be seizures, mental retardation, optic nerve tumors, etc.

So, I do not think your child has neurofibromatosis at this moment, and there is no need to worry.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)

Dr. Sudhir Kumar
Category: Pediatric Neurologist
Senior Residency, Fellowship: DM, Neurology, CMC, Vellore, 2001
Junior Residency: MD, Internal Medicine, CMC, Vellore, 1998
Medical School: MBBS, Christian Medical College, Vellore, 1995
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