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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 8, No. 1, 2008, pp. 54-57
Bioline Code: hs08012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2008, pp. 54-57

 en Mature sacrococcygeal teratoma: case report
Legbo, J.N.; Opara, W. Ek. & Legbo, J.F.


Background: Mature sacrococcygeal teratomas (SCT) are uncommon neoplasms comprised of mixed elements derived from the three germ cell layers. They attract attention because of their gross appearance and bizarre histology.
Aim: To demonstrate the clinical presentation and management of mature SCT in a neonate.
Patient and Method: A case report of a neonate with mature SCT is hereby presented.
Results: A 10-day old baby boy presented with a mature SCT comprising well- developed lower limb, rudimentary external genitalia and teeth. He had complete surgical excision (including coccygectomy) with primary wound closure and uneventful postoperative recovery. Follow-up at three years using clinical, biochemical and radiological assessment revealed no evidence of recurrence.
Conclusion: Mature SCT appear to be entirely benign during the neonatal period. Complete surgical excision remains the mainstay of treatment.

Sacrococcygeal teratoma, excision.

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