SV40 and human brain tumors

Arch Geschwulstforsch. 1988;58(2):129-34.


Persons treated with polio vaccine presumably contaminated with SV40 did not develop more tumors within 20 years after vaccination than did those who had received SV40-free vaccine. Some intracranial tumors, however, might be more frequent among persons who have been treated with contaminated vaccine.

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Child
  • Drug Contamination*
  • Humans
  • Poliovirus Vaccine, Inactivated / adverse effects*
  • Simian virus 40*


  • Poliovirus Vaccine, Inactivated