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Study associates viral infection with some childhood brain tumours

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 13 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:870
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    An epidemiological study carried out in the north west of England has shown for the first time that some types of childhood brain tumours may be associated with viral infection.

    The study analysed 1045 cases of brain tumour in children, all from the Manchester Children's Tumour Registry and dating from 1954 to 1998. Results showed that more children who lived nearer to each other than would be expected by chance were diagnosed with two types of brain cancer—astrocytoma and ependymoma—than would have been expected by chance.

    This pattern—known as “space-time clustering”—resulted …

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