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Presse Med. 2006 Feb;35(2 Pt 2):277-80.

[Neurofibromatosis type 1: psychiatric disorders and quality of life impairment].

[Article in French]

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Service de psychiatrie adulte, Hôpital Sainte-Marguerite, Marseille.


Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is often associated with psychiatric disorders, which are more frequent in NF1 than in general population (33% of patients). Dysthymia is the most frequent diagnosis (21% of patients). There is also a high prevalence of depressive mood (7%), anxiety (1-6%), and personality (3%) disorders. The risk of suicide is four times greater than in the general population. Bipolar mood disorders or schizophrenia appear to be rare. The impaired quality of life associated with NF1 may play an important role in the development of psychiatric disorders. Quality of life assessments may help to identify a population at high risk.

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