Friday, May 9, 2003

Tumour causes pedophilia?

A strange case has popped to my attention (a year ago) in New Scientist - a man's behaviour was completely changed due to a brain tumour and caused uncontrollable pedophilia and sex addiction. A couple of theories have been proposed: the tumour was located in the region of the brain that controls social behaviour, impulse control and judgement. Another theory has suggested the tumour may have changed hormonal levels. In any case, the behaviour completely disappeared after the tumour was removed, only to come back when it started growing again, and disappear once again after removal. Odd.....
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