I'll make this as short as I can. My DD is 3 years old (almost 4). She has these spots on her body that have popped up throughout her life. May or may not be Cafe au lait marks.
She has a very large one on her neck & shoulder. I pointed this out to her new pediatrician, and he referred me to a dermatologist to check out possibility of it being Neurofibromatosis (NF). NF is a genetic disease that can cause tumors to grow on nerve tissue. That dermatologist spent about a minute and a half with us, barely asked any questions and just said to come back in a year. So I found another dermatologist and took her there instead.
That dermatologist said she suspected it was NF, but she couldn't be sure without a genetic test or a biopsy because it could be a number of things. She said she doesn't typically like to do skin biopsies on young kids, but said it was my choice. So I tried to get a referral for genetic testing with no luck. Her pedi referred me to a genetic counselor. We went, genetic counselor said she doesn't think it's NF.
So the questions still remain. Is it or is it not NF? If it's not, what is it? Is it threatening? Benign? Maybe it's nothing, I have no idea. I mean, she seems fine unless there's something going on internally we don't know about.
Anyway my question for you ladies is this...if this was your daughter would you go ahead with the biopsy? Or would you just leave it alone? Her dermatologist said it would require stitches. She has an appointment to get it done in mid August, but I'm just so torn. My 1 year old son has a small light spot on his back now, and of course now I'm paranoid. DH and I wanted a 3rd child, but if one of us is a carrier for some disease I'd like to know about it. I just don't know.
**Thank you guys for all your opinions! I think that I've decided to take her to her dermatologist appointment in August. I'll be asking more questions while we're there, and some that were suggested here, before I give the go ahead on the biopsy for that day. I wasn't very familiar with the procedure and many of you have calmed my nerves. Thank you! Some of you have asked for pictures, and I don't mind, so here they are. My daughter and one of a few of her spots.