Life-Threatening Mediastinal Teratoma of Infant Requiring Emergency Surgical RemovalFunding This study was not funded by any grant.
Background Teratoma is a tumor derived from fetal germ cells with aberrant differentiation.
Case Description A 3-month-old infant with a mediastinal tumor was referred to our heart center. She presented with progressive dyspnea, cyanosis, and the need to be manually ventilated. The computed tomography scan displayed a huge tumor restricting the distal trachea including the bifurcation. An emergent operation was performed and the tumor was completely removed. Histological examination confirmed a mature teratoma.
Conclusion In such life-threatening situation, the early detection and the immediate operation are very important for the management of rapidly-progressing mediastinal teratomas compressing the respiratory tract.
Eingereicht: 10. Januar 2021
Angenommen: 28. Januar 2021
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13. Januar 2022
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