Health-related quality of life in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1. A survey of 129 Italian patients

Dermatology. 2009;218(3):215-20. doi: 10.1159/000187594. Epub 2008 Dec 17.


Background/aims: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a genetic condition most commonly characterized by the presence of dermal neurofibromas and café au lait macules, has a significant impact upon quality of life (QoL). The study aimed to assess the impact of NF1 on QoL.

Methods: A total of 129 patients with NF1 completed the study questionnaires in an Italian academic dermatological centre and a neurofibromatosis clinic at the University of Rome.

Results: All domains of general-health-related QoL were affected. Patients with serious cosmetic problems reported a greater impact on the emotional domain.

Conclusion: In our study, the impact of the cosmetic features on QoL had the greatest importance. This survey demonstrates the usefulness of QoL measurements in supplementing clinical assessments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurofibromatosis 1 / pathology
  • Neurofibromatosis 1 / psychology*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult