oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Teratomas in children: review of cases in the 0-12 year age group seen at Harari hospital over ten year period, 1960-1969

Volume 20, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Twenty-nine cases of teratomas were seen in this series; 24 were benign and five were embryonal carcinomas. Of the benign neoplasms 16 were sacroccoccygeal, three ovarian, three in the neck, one abdominal and one retroperitoneal. These findings are in agreement with the literature reviewed, in that the sacrococcygeal area is the commonest location for teratomas in infancy and childhood and that the other sites are not so common. Three embryonal carcinomas were seen in the sacrococcygeal area and two in the perineum.

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