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Early prenatal detection of a fast-growing fetal epignathus.
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PMID:  22564030     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Epignathus is a rare congenital orofacial teratoma. We present a case of a fast-growing tumor, where early prenatal diagnosis was made and where fetopathological examination revealed the reason of the remarkable ultrasonographic signs and underlined the expected poor prognosis. Ultrasonographic examination at 18 weeks' gestation showed that there was a growing tumor protruding from the fetus's mouth. The fetal stomach could not be seen and extreme polyhydramnios was also detected. After counseling, the couple opted for a termination of pregnancy. Fetopathological examination showed that the tumorosus mass was not only protruding from the mouth, but also inexplicably grew downwards, was connected to the hard palate and the periosteum of the vertebral corpus, making an airway and esophageal obstruction, causing the ultrasonographic findings. Postnatal treatment and surgical removal of this tumor seemed to be impossible. In case of an early detection of a fast-growing fetal epignathus, pregnancy termination should be considered.
Gyula R Nagy; Bence P Neducsin; Levente Lázár; Balázs Stenczer; Zsolt Csapó; János Rigó Jr
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1447-0756     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Obstet. Gynaecol. Res.     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9612761     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2012 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.
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