Handheld cellular telephones and risk of acoustic neuroma

Muscat, J. E.; Malkin, M. G.; Shore, R. E.; Thompson, S.; Neugut, Alfred I.; Stellman, Steven D.; Bruce, J.

The hypothesis that intracranial energy deposition from handheld cellular telephones causes acoustic neuroma was tested in an epidemiologic study of 90 patients and 86 control subjects. The relative risk was 0.9 (p _ 0.07) and did not vary significantly by the frequency, duration, and lifetime hours of use. In patients who used cellular telephones, the tumor occurred more often on the contralateral than ipsilateral side of the head. Further efforts should focus on potentially longer induction periods.



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