A congenital true teratoma with cleft lip, palate, and columellar sinus

Isken T., Alagoez M. S. , Guenlemez A. , Uenal C., Sen C., Onyedi M., ...More

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.18, no.5, pp.1083-1085, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0b013e3181572637
  • Page Numbers: pp.1083-1085


Teratomas, the most common extragonadal germ cell tumor of childhood, involve at least two of the ectodermal, mesodermal, and endodermal layers. Of the teratomas seen in the first 2 months of life, 82% are sacrococcygeal. The head and neck region is the second most common location for teratomas in early infancy, accounting for five (14%) of those cases. We describe a female neonate with a teratoma of the nasopharyngeal area, bilateral cleft palate/lip, and columellar sinus pathologies. The mass, which was 8 x 5 x 7 cm and soft in consistency, blocked the airway and prevented oral feeding. On macroscopic examination of the excised mass, there was a notable typical cilia arrangement and lower eyelid appearance. The patient, who was diagnosed with a well-differentiated teratoma after the pathologic examination, did not have any complications in the postoperative period.