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What causes a chordoma?

No real cause for chordomas is known, but a genetic basis has been described for some chordomas. They have also been reported in families with tuberous sclerosis and certain types of childhood brain tumors.

No environmental factors, trauma, or diet are known to be associated with chordomas, and there is no known way to prevent chordomas. There are no known risk factors for chordomas.

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