A multidisciplinary team approach for management of a giant congenital cervical teratoma

Jean Yves Sichel*, Ron Eliashar, Ido Yatsiv, John Moshe Gomori, Michel Nadjari, Chaim Springer, Yossef Ezra

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Congenital cervical teratomas are associated with a high rate of perinatal mortality due to airway obstruction. We describe a multidisciplinary management of a neonate with prenatal diagnosis of giant cervical teratoma. An 'operation on placenta;>support' (OOPS) technique was carried out during delivery, and intubation was successfully performed with no perinatal anoxic damage. Postnatal computed tomography and angiography showed a huge teratoma covering both sides of the neck with agenesis of the big blood vessels on the left side. A rapidly developing third space phenomenon and deterioration in the general status of the neonate, required early surgical intervention. During surgical excision, the left carotid artery and internal jugular vein, the left lobe of the thyroid gland and the left recurrent laryngeal nerve were not detected. The left vagus, accessory and hypoglossal nerves were positioned between the skin and the tumor, at a distance from their normal anatomical location. Pathologic examination confirmed the diagnosis indicating immature teratoma with no signs of malignancy. The postoperative period was complicated by neurological deterioration, pharyngo-cutaneous fistula and paresis of the left hypoglossal nerve. However, all the symptoms resolved spontaneously. Tracheotomy was performed when the baby was 6 weeks old due to paralysis of the left vocal cord and to severe laryngo-tracheomalacia. She was decannulated when she was 3 years old. Today, she is suffering only from dysphonia. This report confirms the efficacy of a multidisciplinary team-approach and the usefulness of the OOPS technique in prenatally diagnosed cervical masses. It emphasizes the extraordinary characteristics of this case, mainly the development of a third space phenomenon and the unusual surgical findings.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)241-247
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 24 Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Congenital
  • Neck
  • OOPS procedure
  • Surgical treatment
  • Teratoma


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