Een cysteuze zwelling in de hals als symptoom van een benigne mediastinaal teratoom

Translated title of the contribution: A cystic neck swelling as a symptom of a benign mediastinal teratoma

K. A. De Rooij*, Th Van Dalen, J. J. Quak

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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.

Translated title of the contributionA cystic neck swelling as a symptom of a benign mediastinal teratoma
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)130-134
Number of pages5
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Keel- Neus- Oorheelkunde
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

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