Environmental risk factors for sporadic acoustic neuroma (Interphone Study Group, Germany)

B Schlehofer, K Schlaefer, M Blettner, Gabriele Berg, E Böhler, I Hettinger, K Kunna-Grass, J Wahrendorf, J Schüz, Interphone Study Group

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The only known risk factor for sporadic acoustic neuroma is high-dose ionising radiation. Environmental exposures, such as radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and noise are under discussion, as well as an association with allergic diseases. We performed a population-based case-control study in Germany investigating these risk factors in 97 cases with acoustic neuroma, aged 30 to 69 years, and in 194 matched controls. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated in multiple logistic regression models. Increased risks were found for exposure to persistent noise (OR=2.31; 95% CI 1.15-4.66), and for hay fever (OR=2.20; 95% CI 1.09-4.45), but not for ionising radiation (OR=0.91; 95 % CI 0.51-1.61) or regular mobile phone use (OR=0.67; 95% CI 0.38-1.19). The study confirms results of recently published studies, although the pathogenetic mechanisms are still unknown.

TidsskriftEuropean journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990)
Udgave nummer11
Sider (fra-til)1741-7
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2007



Schlehofer, B., Schlaefer, K., Blettner, M., Berg, G., Böhler, E., Hettinger, I., Kunna-Grass, K., Wahrendorf, J., Schüz, J., & Interphone Study Group (2007). Environmental risk factors for sporadic acoustic neuroma (Interphone Study Group, Germany). European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990), 43(11), 1741-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2007.05.008