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July 1965

Nasopharyngeal Teratoma

Author Affiliations

From the University of Tennessee; Fellow, US Public Health Resident in Oral Pathology.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(1):49-52. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010051012

TERATOID tumors of the nasopharynx comprise an uncommon, but well-recognized, group of neoplasms. These neoplasms may arise from the sphenoid bone, hard or soft palate, or the jaw. Excellent reviews of the literature can be found in the articles by Ehrich1 and Walker, Rigual, and Hough.2 Ochsner and Ayers,3 Baugh and O'Donoghue,4 Foxwell and Kelham,5 Cadman and Kintzen,6 Stokoe,7 Bulson,8 and Hankins and Harding9 have reported similar cases of teratomas in newborn or very young individuals. Most of these teratomas have arisen from the midline or from the lateral wall of the nasopharynx and were present at birth. Symptoms vary as to the size of the tumor, but difficulty in eating and breathing is usually evident.

Report of a Case  A full-term Negro male infant was delivered with a large cystic mass protruding from the oral cavity. On examination, this mass

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