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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Teratoma (Overview)

Teratomas are benign or maligant growth that may contain multiple cell types. It is possible that they developed from a stem cell that had the ability differentiated into the multiple cell types.


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How does a teratoma form?

How does a teratoma form?

Embryonal tissue: A teratoma is a tumor of tissues comprising different organs such as bone, skin, nerve tissue usually derived from more than one germ layer. The teratomas have been reported to contain hair, teeth, bone and, very rarely, more complex organs or processes such as eyes,torso, and hands, feet, or other limbs, virtually attempting to recreate a fetus. They arise from embryonal cells in ovary and testis ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
52 doctors shared insights

Teratoma (Overview)

Teratomas are benign or maligant growth that may contain multiple cell types. It is possible that they developed from a stem cell that had the ability differentiated into the multiple cell types.


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I was diagnosed ovarian teratoma& operated. They removed my left ovary & went through 4 cycles of chemotherapy. Is it normal to have iregular mens?

I was diagnosed  ovarian teratoma&  operated. They removed my  left ovary & went through 4 cycles of chemotherapy. Is it normal to have iregular  mens?

Yes: It is not uncommon to have irregular menses after major surgery and chemotherapy. It may take a few more cycles to become normal. If not you md may be able to give you something to regulate it. ...Read more

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What test should I follow when i hv 3cm cyst(simple) on right ovary, endometrial thickness12mm secretory phase? I had a 11cm teratoma removed 2yr ago?

What test should I follow when i hv 3cm cyst(simple) on right ovary, endometrial thickness12mm secretory phase? I had a 11cm teratoma removed 2yr ago?

Tests: It depends on your menstrual history. If you are having abnormal bleeding, you should have an endometrial biopsy. Most likely a 3 cm simple cyst is physiologic and needs no follow up. There is not any need for any specific follow up after the removal of a dermoid (benign teratoma). ...Read more

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What causes teratomas?

What causes teratomas?

Unknown: Tearatomas arise from multipotential germ cells. What causes them is unknown. They can contain any type of body structure or organ. One old theory was that they were an undiagnosed twin within the baby that was born. The cystic fluid is skin oil from skin appendages, which are common. ...Read more

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Has anyone on here treated adults w/ sacrococcygeal teratoma? I'm wondering if I should get a second opinion to see if I have other treatment options.

Has anyone on here treated adults w/ sacrococcygeal teratoma? I'm wondering if I should get a second opinion to see if I have other treatment options.

Rare tumor/Second op: Yes you should seek a second opinion at a major cancer center as no one has seen such tumors except on rare occasions. So a second opinion can be very useful. ...Read more

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Are teratoma tumors genetic?

Are teratoma tumors genetic?

Some are: Teratomas arise from cells that can differentiate in to a host of tissue types and can be associated with chromosomal (genetic) abnormalities or with inherited syndromes. However, vast majority are sporadic and will not be passed on to the kids. ...Read more

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Can I have babies after being Healed and not having surgery from teratoma cyst that was over my ovaries & fillopian tubes?

Can I have babies after being Healed and not having surgery from teratoma cyst that was over my ovaries & fillopian tubes?

Healed?: I'm not sure what you mean by "healed". Ovarian teratomas do not appear and then disappear. If you had a teratomas, you still have it. On the other hand, if you have an ovarian teratomas this will not prevent you from getting pregnant. You will still be able to get pregnant if all else is normal. ...Read more