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What causes medulloblastomas?

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Doctors don't know why medulloblastomas start to grow, but people with some conditions, including Li-Fraumeni syndrome and Gorlin syndrome, are more likely to get them. In rare cases, parents can pass them on to their children.  

From: Medulloblastoma WebMD Medical Reference

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American Brain Tumor Association: "Medulloblastoma."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Testing + Diagnosis for Medulloblastoma in Children."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Medulloblastoma Facts," "Diagnostic Imaging Procedures," "Medulloblastoma Treatment."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: "Medulloblastoma."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Brain Tumor Association: "Medulloblastoma."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Testing + Diagnosis for Medulloblastoma in Children."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Medulloblastoma Facts," "Diagnostic Imaging Procedures," "Medulloblastoma Treatment."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: "Medulloblastoma."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

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