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October 1953


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;58(4):435-441. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710040457007

TERATOMAS have been described by Willis1 in his recent monograph as true tumors or neoplasms composed of multiple tissues foreign to the part in which they arise. Most teratomas occur in relation to the sacral region, the sex glands, or the neck, although there is scarcely a location in which they have not been found.

Willis subscribes to Krafka's2 "organizer theory" of the origin of teratomas; he believes that teratomas represent areas of tissue which, during early embryonic development, escaped the action of the primary organizer, the notochord, and were allowed to develop and differentiate in a chaotic manner.

Many cases of teratomas of the neck have been reported in the literature; most of these were associated with the thyroid gland3 and were discovered at or soon after birth. Chapman4 reported a case of teratoma of the neck in a newborn infant, in which the tumor

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