Special Needs – Teratoma

Special Needs Guide

Teratoma: Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT) is the most common tumor of the newborn, which occurs in 1 out of every 35,000 to 40,000 live births. Most fetal sacrococcygeal teratomas are not likely to be malignant, and the prognosis tends to be good after resection. However, prenatally diagnosed sacrococcygeal teratoma associated with fetal hydrops can be rapidly fatal in-utero or can lead to polyhydramnios and premature delivery. The high-output cardiac failure is related to vascular steal from the high blood flow through the tumor. Fetal hydrops and placentomegaly may also jeopardize maternal health through the €maternal mirror syndrome in which the mother’s condition mirrors that of the sick fetus.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia[1]


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[1] https://www.chop.edu/healthinfo/