Nasopharyngeal teratoma in the neonate

Alan F. Cohen, Sumi Mitsudo, Robert J. Ruben

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Nasopharyngeal teratomas are rare neoplasms, often presenting as neonaial airway obstruction. A case is presented of a full-term neonate with a mass which filled the oropharynx, nasopharynx and the entire left nasal cavity and extended through the left nares. Airway obstruction necessitated orotracheal intubation immediately after delivery. Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea was suggested and computerized tomography was initially interpreted as a nasoethmoidal encephalocele. After a craniotomy failed to reveal a dural defect, the mass was completely removed via the nose and nasopharynx. The infant was extubated and had an uneventful recovery, this case illustrates the problem of confusing a teratoma for an encephalocele and demonstrates a pitfall in the interpretation of computerized tomography of these lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalInternational journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Dec 1987


  • Airway obstruction
  • Nasopharyngeal teratoma
  • Neonate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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