Schwannomatosis is a rare disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system where benign tumors called schwannomas grow on perippheral nerves.
I have recently been diagnosed with schwannomatosis and I am interested in talking to other people with experience of this condition. I am in England and so far I have found the condition is not well known. Fortunately we have two expert centres here, one in Manchester and the other at Guy's Hospital in London. I have an appointment at Guy's in 2 weeks, to meet Dr Ros Ferner. I am scheduled to have surgery to remove a sciatic schwannoma at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore. I am interested in talking to anyone else with this condition, especially their experience of monitoring of their condition and prognosis.
CoRDS, or the Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford, is based at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It provides researchers with a centralized, international patient registry for all rare diseases. This program allows patients and researchers to connect as easily as possible to help advance treatments and cures for rare diseases. The CoRDS team works with patient advocacy groups, individuals and researchers to help in the advancement of research in over 7,000 rare diseases. The registry is free for patients to enroll and researchers to access.
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