Sacrococcygeal teratoma. Outcome and management. An analysis of 17 cases.

Marco De Santis, Lucia Masini, Carmine D'Urzo, Carlo Manzoni, Claudio Pintus, Giuseppe Noia, L Perrelli

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Abstract

AIMS: The authors compare their experience of 17 cases of sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT) with the literature in an attempt to clarify the natural history of this tumor and to identify factors related to its prognosis and management. METHODS: The obstetrical, neonatal and surgical data were analyzed for 17 cases of SCT observed between July 1985 and December 1998. RESULTS: Three fetuses died in utero or shortly after birth. In the remaining 14, the tumors were removed. Twelve of the infants are currently tumor-free, with good sphincter control and lower-limb function. The remaining two died: one had a malignant tumor, and the other had a recurrence of an embryonal carcinoma. Recurrent tumors (mature histotypes) were also removed from two of the 12 patients who survived. CONCLUSIONS: Benign SCTs generally have favorable prognosis. Negative prognostic factors for SCT include solid tumors, those detected early in pregnancy, malignant histotypes, polyhydramnios, placentomegaly, and fetal hydrops.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-184
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Perinatal Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Pregnacy
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma
  • surgical treatment

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