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Prenatal diagnosis of oral teratoma by ultrasound

 Prenatal Diagnostic Center, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

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Dong-Zhi Li,
Prenatal Diagnostic Center, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center, Jinsui Road 9, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510 623
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A pregnant woman had a normal second-trimester anatomic survey at 22 weeks gestation. She was revealed to have a fetal oral mass with polyhydramnios and invisible stomach bubble by ultrasound at 28 weeks. A 50 mm × 36 mm × 42 mm, solid mass was found in the fetal mouth, filling the entire oral cavity. Fetal magnetic resonance imaging showed a homogeneous solid mass in the oral cavity compressing the hypopharynx. At 33 weeks, preterm labor occurred because of the continuation of increased amniotic fluid volume, and a female infant was vaginally delivered. The infant died shortly after tracheal intubation attempt failed. Autopsy confirmed the prenatal sonographic finding. The final pathologic diagnosis was oral immature teratoma. Our study indicates that although oral teratomas are rare, they are readily apparent at prenatal sonographic examinations. Respiratory compromise is the frequent complication of oral teratomas, which is associated with high perinatal mortality.

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