A Rare Case Of Large Fetal Intracranial Tumor: Teratoma

Article Abstract

Introduction: Fetal intracranial tumors represent only 10% of all antenatal tumors; teratoma being the most common accounting for approximately half of all reported cases followed by astrocytoma, lipoma, choroid plexus papilloma, craniopharyngioma, and primitive neuroectodermal tumor. Usually these tumors clinically manifest in the third trimester of pregnancy, which otherwise nowadays often recognized earlier in pregnancy by ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging. Majority of fetal intracranial tumors are supratentorial, however in larger lesions imaging or even autopsy is frequently unable to determine the origin.

Case Report: Here we are presenting a rare case of large fetal intracranial teratoma with which the patient presented in the third trimester with fatal outcome.

Conclusion: Progress in technology has contributed to early diagnosis of congenital CNS tumors, but the same is not observed with fetal surgery, perhaps because the prognosis of fetal brain tumors remains poor. It is critical to have the most precise information regarding the tumoral nature and the extension of the lesion. Fetal medicine centers should be composed of a multidisciplinary team acting together to provide better assistance for fetuses with congenital CNS tumors and to develop new methods of treatment.

Article Citation

Gathwal CK, Kaur D, Singh K, Sen J, Gathwal MB, Kundu PR, Malik G, Beniwal K. A rare case of large fetal intracranial tumor: Teratoma. Int J Case Rep Images 2017;8(4):279–283.

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“Its an opportunity for me to thank the editors and reviewers. Thanks to all, who have helped me in publishing this article especially the female mother patient and family who themselves suffered the trauma of being having the baby with this rare intracranial tumor ” IMMATURE TERATOMA” but allowed us to interact with them and use their USG and MRI for teaching as well as publishing purposes. I hope next time she would be having a nice cute baby. God bless her.

I would like to convey just one message to my readers that obstetrics USG is a wonderful modality to interact with the fetus and to diagnose its abnormalities if any and can help a lot for the fetus as well as parents , but you have to love it and be sensitive.”

– Author Name : Chiranjeev Kumar Gathwal

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MD, Assistant Professor in Department of Radiodiagnosis
BPS GMC for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, Haryana

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