Malignant teratoma in the thyroid gland of an adult: a case report and a review of the literature.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Teratomas in the neck are rare neoplasms. Most occur in the neonate and are benign. In contrast, cervical teratomas in adults are malignant and carry a poor prognosis. Fourteen adult cases have been reported in the world literature, and 11 of these were stated to have arisen in the thyroid gland. A case of a 27-year-old man who presented with a large goiter is reported. A preoperative diagnosis of a malignant thyroid mass was suggested by clinical examination, needle aspiration, and computerized tomography. The patient had a subtotal debulking thyroidectomy. The pathologic specimen confirmed a primary malignant teratoma of the thyroid gland. Despite a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which were well tolerated, the patient died 2 months after surgery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Buckley, NJ; Burch, WM; Leight, GS

Published Date

  • November 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 100 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 932 - 937

PubMed ID

  • 3775664

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-6060


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States