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Ovarian Teratoma

Ovarian Cancer Teratoma

Ovarian teratoma is a germ cell tumor and a common neoplasm of the ovaries. Subtypes comprise mature cystic teratoma, immature teratoma, and monodermal teratoma.


OT are usually detected in young women; the patients' median age at diagnosis is 35 and 27 years in the case of mature cystic teratoma and immature teratoma, respectively [3] [6].

Abdominal pain is the single most important symptom of OT. Women may also experience abnormal uterine bleedings. Occasionally, OT exerts local mass effects that interfere with bladder and intestinal function. Torsion, rupture, and infection of OT are rare events, but dreaded complications causing a rapid deterioration of a patient's general condition [7]. Of note, about one in six patients are asymptomatic. Here, OT is incidental finding diagnosed during a routine physical and gynecological examination.

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  • Postoperatively, the patient's menstrual cycles became regular and her behavioral problems resolved. Her testosterone levels fell precipitously as well.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • KEYWORDS: Ataxia; Nystagmus; Oscillopsia; Ovarian teratoma; Paraneoplastic[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • KEYWORDS: Ataxia; Nystagmus; Oscillopsia; Ovarian teratoma; Paraneoplastic[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]


Workup comprises diagnostic imaging to confirm the presence of an ovarian mass and to assess whether metastases have developed in other parts of the reproductive system, lymph nodes, or distant organs:

  • Ultrasonography yields reliable results regarding the presence of ovarian tumors and allows for the detection of metastases in other organs and lymph nodes. The ultrasonographic image of OT typically comprises hypo- and hyperechogenic areas, which correspond to heterogeneous tissues, calcified and fluid-filled spaces, and septa. This technique is readily available, cost-effective, and highly specific [8].
  • Availability and costs argue against the employment of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. They are, however, of major importance for tumor staging in the case of malignant OT. Additionally, these techniques may be helpful to clarify uncertain diagnoses [9], owing to a higher sensitivity (60-94% for ultrasonography, 93-98% for computed tomography, [8]).

In order to distinguish between benign and malignant OT, measurements of serum α-1-fetoprotein, β-human chorionic gonadotropin and cancer antigen 125 (CA 125) should be performed. Enhanced concentrations of either marker are indicative of malignancy [10] [11].


  • Correct diagnostic and prompt treatment of anti-NMDAR encephalitis remains a serious clinical challenge due to its unspecific manifestations and varying response to treatments.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Here, we report our experience with two pediatric patients, in whom no tumors were present during treatment for encephalitis, but in whom ovarian teratomas developed without encephalitis relapse after treatment was completed.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Early tumor resection is reported to be effective as a treatment. CASE: A 21-year-old woman presented with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis which was accompanied by ovarian teratoma.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • We report a case of an abnormal ovarian uptake on post-treatment scintigraphy associated with an elevated thyroglobulin value revealing finally an ovarian mature cystic teratoma containing normal thyroid tissue.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The treatment of immature teratoma is conservative primary surgery usually involving unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy followed by combination chemotherapy.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]


  • Prognosis in advanced disease condition such as the case presented is generally poor although radical pelvic surgery with resection of the adjacent involved bladder before radiotherapy would probably have improved her prognosis.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Most patients present with early-stage disease, are managed with fertility sparing surgery and chemotherapy and have an excellent prognosis. Later age at diagnosis, advanced stage, and high-grade histology confer a worse prognosis.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Patients often harbor onconeuronal antibodies and their prognosis is usually poor. Here we report a 42-year old woman with longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis and aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibodies that led to the diagnosis of ovarian teratoma.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Removal of the ovarian teratomas improves the prognosis and decreases the risk of recurrence. We present an 11-year-old girl with NMDAR encephalitis with small bilateral teratomas not initially appreciated on abdominal CT or pelvic MRI.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Abstract Although immature teratoma of the ovary is a rare disease, its pathologic grading, especially between low-grade (grade 1) and high-grade (grade 2 or 3) immature teratomas, is important for optimal therapy and prognosis.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]


  • Increasingly, reports of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis associated with ovarian teratomas in pediatric patients, as well as a novel assay to measure these antibodies, suggest an etiology for this disease process that may be amenable to prompt surgical[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • METHODS: We describe the case of a 15-year-old girl with menstrual abnormalities and virilization, who had a past medical history of encephalitis of an unknown etiology 16 months prior to presentation.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The etiological investigation is then crucial to early identification of the tumor in order to optimize the prognosis and to limit neurological sequelae.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Paschke spent 4 years as a Heisenberg Professor in a molecular laboratory in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research at the Universite Libre in Brussels, Belgium working on the molecular etiology of hot thyroid nodules and the mechanism of activation[departmentofmedicine.com]


  • The epidemiology of ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 1991 Oct; 43 (1):9–23. [ PubMed ] Ross RK, McCurtis JW, Henderson BE, Menck HR, Mack TM, Martin SP. Descriptive epidemiology of testicular and prostatic cancer in Los Angeles.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Sex distribution
Age distribution


  • Josep Dalmau and colleagues in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania published a series of papers documenting a link between encephalitis and ovarian teratomas. 1-5 The pathophysiologic connection is thought to be the presence[obgmanagement.com]


  • Most importantly, preventing is much more crucial than curing in order to avoid this highly undesired potential complication.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • No analysis of relapse risk has yet been reported in cases of tumor development after treatment, and at this point, whether or not resection is needed to prevent relapse remains unclear.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
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Ovarian teratoma (OT) is a germ cell tumor to be encountered in the female gonads. OT are rather common and account for up to 20% of ovarian neoplasms [1]. There are distinct types of OT [2]:

  • Mature cystic teratoma is the most common type of OT. Tumor cells are well differentiated and derive from at least two of the three germ cell layers. A mature cystic teratoma typically consists of an outer layer of squamous epithelium enclosing fat, muscle, hair follicles, skin glands and liquid, sebaceous material. Therefore, this benign neoplasm is also referred to as a dermoid cyst. A considerable share of patients presents with bilateral tumors [3] [4]. Of note, mature cystic teratomas have occasionally been reported to undergo malignant transformation [5].
  • Immature teratomas are similarly composed of tumor cells deriving from at least two germ cell layers. However, these cells are poorly differentiated and this type of OT is generally associated with higher tumor grades. Fortunately, less than 1% of OT are immature teratomas.
  • Monodermal teratoma differs from the afore-described variants in that it contains degenerated cells of either ectodermal, mesodermal or endodermal origin only. Struma ovarii and ovarian carcinoid tumor fall into this category and primarily contain thyroid and neuroectodermal tissue, respectively. Other types of monodermal teratoma have been described.



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  2. Outwater EK, Siegelman ES, Hunt JL. Ovarian teratomas: tumor types and imaging characteristics. Radiographics. 2001;21(2):475-490.
  3. Wu RT, Torng PL, Chang DY, et al. Mature cystic teratoma of the ovary: a clinicopathologic study of 283 cases. Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Taipei). 1996;58(4):269-274.
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  5. Rojas CP, Ganjei-Azar P, Garcia-Buitrago MT. Unexpected Malignant Diagnosis in Colonic Biopsies: Malignant Transformation of Ovarian Mature Teratomas-Two Case Reports and Review of the Literature. Case Rep Pathol. 2015;2015:905462.
  6. Jorge S, Jones NL, Chen L, et al. Characteristics, treatment and outcomes of women with immature ovarian teratoma, 1998-2012. Gynecol Oncol. 2016;142(2):261-266.
  7. Park SB, Kim JK, Kim KR, Cho KS. Imaging findings of complications and unusual manifestations of ovarian teratomas. Radiographics. 2008;28(4):969-983.
  8. Saba L, Guerriero S, Sulcis R, Virgilio B, Melis G, Mallarini G. Mature and immature ovarian teratomas: CT, US and MR imaging characteristics. Eur J Radiol. 2009;72(3):454-463.
  9. Wasnik AP, Menias CO, Platt JF, Lalchandani UR, Bedi DG, Elsayes KM. Multimodality imaging of ovarian cystic lesions: Review with an imaging based algorithmic approach. World J Radiol. 2013;5(3):113-125.
  10. Panteli C, Curry J, Kiely E, et al. Ovarian germ cell tumours: a 17-year study in a single unit. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2009;19(2):96-100.
  11. Taskinen S, Fagerholm R, Lohi J, Taskinen M. Pediatric ovarian neoplastic tumors: incidence, age at presentation, tumor markers and outcome. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2015;94(4):425-429.

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