Maternal medication use and neuroblastoma in offspring

Michael N. Cook, Andrew F. Olshan, Harry A. Guess, David A. Savitz, Charles Poole, Julie Blatt, Melissa L. Bondy, Bradley H Pollock

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The association between a mother's use of specific medications during pregnancy and lactation and neuroblastoma in her offspring was evaluated in a case-control study. Newly diagnosed cases of neuroblastoma (n = 504) in the United States and Canada were identified between 1992 and 1994 at 139 hospitals affiliated with the Pediatric Oncology Group or the Children's Cancer Group clinical trial programs. One age-matched control was sampled from the community of each case by means of random digit dialing. Exposure information was ascertained retrospectively from mothers in a structured telephone interview. Odds ratios were estimated using conditional logistic regression, with adjustment for maternal sociodemographic factors. The results did not support an association between neuroblastoma and maternal exposure to diuretic agents, antiinfective agents, estrogens, progestins, sedatives, anticonvulsant drugs, or drugs that may form N-nitroso derivatives. Mothers of cases were more likely to report using medications containing opioid agonists while they were pregnant or nursing than were mothers of controls (odds ratio = 2.4, 95% confidence interval: 1.3, 4.3). Specifically, more mothers of cases reported using medications containing codeine while pregnant or nursing than did mothers of controls (odds ratio = 3.4, 95% confidence interval: 1.4, 8.4). This preliminary finding may be due to bias, confounding, or chance, and additional studies are needed for confirmation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)721-731
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Case-control studies
  • Child
  • Codeine
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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