In this case-report, we discuss a 31-year-old patient with a an anterior neck swelling on level II caused by a benign mediastinal teratoma. Cervical neck teratomas are rare in adulthood, and mediastinal teratomas extending in the neck are even exceptional. Despite its rarity, clinicians should be aware of this diagnosis in patients with neck masses in the lower neck when clinical and investigative work-up fail to provide a clear diagnosis. Chest radiography typically shows an anterior mediastinal mass. CT scan is helpful in localizing the tumor and determining the spatial relationship to surrounding structures. Serum levels of α - fetoprotein (AFP) and betahuman choriogonadotropin (b-HCG) is essential to distinguish between a malign teratoma versus benign. Complete surgical extirpation of the mediastinal teratoma is the first treatment of choice.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Keel- Neus- Oorheelkunde|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2011|