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May 1971

Familial Neuroblastoma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, departments of medicine and pharmacology, University of Cincinnati; Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Research Foundation, Cincinnati.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;121(5):415-416. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02100160085010

A diagnosis of neuroblastoma was made in two siblings, each at 5½ months of age. Both siblings are living and well, 2½ years and nine months, respectively, after surgery and x-ray therapy. The father had increased levels of 4-hydroxy-3-methoxymandelic acid (vanillylmandelic acid [VMA]) in his urine, but there was no clinical evidence of a neural tumor. The results of studies in this family suggest that neuroblastoma may be inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern after mutation of the genes governing the neural crest formation.