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November 1965

Cervical Teratoma in the Newborn

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillo Facial Surgery, Tampa General Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(5):546-549. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010548019

TERATOMAS involving most of the regions of the head and neck have been reported in the literature. There have been cases of teratoma of the thyroid in the newborn. Most people feel that a thyroid teratoma can be positively identified only if the superior or inferior thyroid arteries supply it, otherwise the tumor should be labelled a cervical teratoma.1,2

This is a report of a case of a teratoma in the cervical region of a 3-week-old male infant which produced severe respiratory distress, a symptom-complex common enough in this group for other reasons but which indicates the need for thorough examination of the neck and pharynx at any age in which stridor, cyanosis, or difficult respiration is present.

Report of a Case  A 3-week-old Negro male infant was admitted to the pediatric service in rather severe respiratory distress on Dec 1, 1964. The mother had had an uncomplicated vaginal