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Neurofibromatosis type 1: Surgical Perspectives

Nthumba PM, MMed(Surg),FCS(ECSA), Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Juma PI, MMed(Surg)

Affi liation: AIC Kijabe Hospital, Kijabe, Kenya, Africa Correspondence: Peter M. Nthumba, Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery

Unit, AIC Kijabe Hospital, Kijabe 00220, Kenya, Africa. Fax: +254-020-3204-6355. E-mail:


Introduction: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) affects about 1 in 3000 people. The indications for surgical intervention in patients with NF1 are not always clear-cut. In low-income economies, where scarcity of resources and skilled manpower often dictate levels of healthcare, a broad knowledge base of NF1 is required i