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Keywords

Neurofibromatosis, Pregnancy complications, Nursing collaboration, Case management

 

Authors

  1. Gresham, Deborah D. MSN, RNC-OB
  2. Braunlin, Jeri Lynn MS, RN-BC, CNRN, NEA-BC
  3. Vuckovich, Susan K. RNC

ABSTRACT

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is one of the most common inherited single-gene disorders in humans, and is expressed as two distinct types: Type I (von Recklinghausen disease) and Type II, which occurs much less frequently. When it was first reported in the obstetric literature in 1906 by Brickner, neurofibromatosis was called "fibroma moluscum contagiosum." This article presents a case of a 20-year-old woman with NF Type I who became pregnant. The clinical challenges of NF and pregnancy are explored through the collaborative relationships between the patient and two clinical nurse specialists from obstetric and neuroscience nursing. The case study provides valuable information for nurses who want to provide evidence-based care.