n Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa - Intrapericardial teratoma in a twin with severe failure to thrive : case report

Volume 13, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1680-0745



Extracted from text ... Summary We report on one affected twin who presented with cough, dyspnoea and severe failure to thrive. He was found to have gross cardiomegaly on chest X-ray. This proved to be due to an intrapericardial teratoma with an associated pericardial effusion. The operation on this rare tumour was successful. Cardiovasc J South Afr 2002; 13: 237-240. www.cvjsa.co.za Patients with an intrapericardial teratoma may be detected towards the end of a pregnancy on routine ultrasound examination, sometimes with hydrops foetalis, or they may present shortly after birth with signs of respiratory distress.1-3 A chest X-ray may reveal a grossly enlarged cardiac ..

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