The association of neurofibromatosis type 1 and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Koth CW, Cutting LE, Denckla MB
Child Neuropsychol. 2000 6 (3): 185-94

PMID: 11402396 · DOI:10.1076/chin.6.3.185.3155

Some research and clinical observations have linked Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF-1) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In order to investigate whether ADHD is part of the phenotype of NF-1 or is a separate, unrelated disorder within families, we compared the ADHD status of children affected with NF-1 to that of their unaffected-NF-1 siblings and to that of their biological parents. Results of matched-pair analyses were calculated and revealed a significant with-in pair discordance, when comparing children with NF-1 and their siblings and when comparing children with NF-1 and their biological parents (in families with a sporadic, non-familial NF-1 child). These findings suggest that ADHD may occur as a component of the NF-1 phenotype.

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Adolescent Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity Child Female Genetic Predisposition to Disease Humans Male Neurofibromatosis 1 Phenotype

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