Volume 15, Number 4, December 2003

Teratoma of the Tongue Causing Respiratory Distress in a Neonate

Masahiro Umemura,1 Kazuo Shimozato,2 Ichiro Oh-Iwa,1 Shigeyoshi Fujiwara,1 Hideo Ohshige1

1Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Japanese Red Cross Nagoya First Hospital, and 2The 2nd Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Aichi-Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan

A rapidly enlarging tongue teratoma causing respiratory distress during the early neonatal period is reported. The baby required intubation on the seventh day and a tracheostomy on the twenty-first day after birth. The tumour was diagnosed as an immature teratoma (grade 3) after biopsy and removed with a 2 mm margin of normal tissue on the forty-ninth day after birth. The tumour measured 70 x 70 x 60 mm, and appeared to arise from the dorsum of the tongue on the right side. The baby recovered well, was extubated, and was discharged from hospital on the seventy-second day after birth.

Key words: Neonate, Respiratory distress, Teratoma, Tongue

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003;15:274-279.

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