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August 1955


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(2):196-198. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010198011

TERATOMAS arising from the stomach have been the subject of two published reports. Selman,1 in 1943, reported the case of an infant who was submitted to surgery at the age of 4 months because of an abdominal mass occupying the upper left quadrant. At operation, a fibrocystic mass 6 in. in diameter was disclosed, arising on a broad base from the anterior wall of the stomach. Removal of the mass and the portion of stomach wall from which it arose effected a cure. The tumor contained a variety of tissues, including skin and appendages, connective tissue, and colonic mucosa. It was a benign, complex teratoma. Selman's survey of the literature failed to disclose any previous case described by those interested in teratomas or benign gastric tumors.

Large, Williams, and Neel encountered a similar tumor in a 7-month-old infant, in 1952.2 This child's hemoglobin was 4 gm. per 100

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