Intramedullary spinal immature teratoma: resolution of quadriplegia following resection in a 4-week-old infant.

Nickols HH, Chambless LB, Carson RP, Coffin CM, Pearson MM, Abel TW
J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2010 6 (6): 586-91

PMID: 21121736 · DOI:10.3171/2010.9.PEDS1022

Intramedullary spinal cord teratomas are rare entities in infants. Management of these lesions is primarily surgical, with outcome dependent on rapid surgical decompression and complete gross-total tumor resection. The lesions are typically of the mature type, with immature teratomas displaying unique pathological features. The authors report a case of an extensive intramedullary immature teratoma in an infant with resolution of quadriplegia following gross-total radical resection. At the 1-year follow-up, there was radiographic evidence of tumor, and surgical reexploration yielded portions of immature teratoma and extensive gliosis.

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Female Humans Infant, Newborn Magnetic Resonance Imaging Neurosurgical Procedures Quadriplegia Reoperation Spinal Cord Neoplasms Teratoma

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