Cytopathologic findings in an immature cystic teratoma: Report of an unusual case

Michael T. Balco, Frances H. Burroughs, Syed Z Ali

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Teratomas are uncommon, usually benign tumors often found in young women. We describe the cytopathology of an unusual case of a large congenital teratoma in a 6-day-old girl. The patient initially showed signs of abdominal distention and a follow-up ultrasound and computerized-tomography (CT) revealed a cystic mass in the pelvis. An ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA) showed small round blue cells suspicious for a primitive neuronal tumor. Resection of the mass displayed a cystic teratoma with distinct nests of small round blue cells representing immature neuroepithelial and glial tissue. Also noted were admixed mature elements of a cystic teratoma. Cytologic finding of a small round blue cell tumor, therefore, was the immature component of the teratoma. This case illustrates the difficulties in diagnosing teratomas due to their extraordinary diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-122
Number of pages3
JournalDiagnostic Cytopathology
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007

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Teratoma
Neoplasms
Fine Needle Biopsy
Pelvis
Neuroglia
Tomography

Keywords

  • Cytopathology
  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Glial
  • Immature teratoma
  • Neuroepithelial

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  • Anatomy

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Cytopathologic findings in an immature cystic teratoma : Report of an unusual case. / Balco, Michael T.; Burroughs, Frances H.; Ali, Syed Z.

In: Diagnostic Cytopathology, Vol. 35, No. 2, 02.2007, p. 120-122.

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Balco, Michael T. ; Burroughs, Frances H. ; Ali, Syed Z. / Cytopathologic findings in an immature cystic teratoma : Report of an unusual case. In: Diagnostic Cytopathology. 2007 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 120-122.
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