Philadelphia Researchers Detect a Link Between Cervical-Cancer Virus and a Form of Epilepsy


February 20, 2013

Philadelphia researchers have detected part of the virus that causes cervical cancer in a surprising place: a congenital brain malformation that causes an intractable form of epilepsy in children. This is the first study to uncover evidence of the microbe - human papillomavirus (HPV) - in the brain. It is also the first to suggest that an infection in the fetal brain leads to the malformation, which has no known genetic or environmental cause. Temple University neurologist Peter Crino and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania did the study, published in the Annals of Neurology, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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