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September 1990

Cystic Teratomas of the Pancreas

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery (Drs Mester and Hoover) and Pathology (Dr Compton), Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston; GI Surgery Unit, Municipal Hospital, São Paulo, Brazil (Dr Trajber); and the Departments of Pathology (Dr Cardoso de Almeida) and Gynecology (Dr de Camargo), University of São Paulo. Dr de Camargo is now in private practice.

Arch Surg. 1990;125(9):1215-1218. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1990.01410210141024

• Cystic teratomas of the pancreas constitute an extremely rare entity with only nine cases, to our knowledge, described in the world literature. Symptoms are usually due to the compressive effects of the tumor on the neighboring organs. They should be considered in the differential diagnosis of slow-growing benign pancreatic cysts. We describe a 25-year-old woman with a pancreatic teratoma who was operated on in 1976 with the diagnosis of calcified pancreatic cyst. The diagnostic and surgical procedures are described, as well as a 14-year follow-up. The previously published cases are reviewed and the differential diagnosis is discussed. Early diagnosis and the need for total tumor resection are emphasized.

(Arch Surg. 1990;125:1215-1218)