Fetal sacrococcygeal teratoma

World J Surg. 2003 Jan;27(1):84-6. doi: 10.1007/s00268-002-6741-6.


Advances in prenatal diagnosis including improvements in ultrasonography have revealed the natural history of fetal sacrococcygeal teratomas, and this natural history differs substantially from that for postnatally diagnosed sacrococcygeal teratoma. A fetal sacrococcygeal teratoma may lead to perinatal morbidity and mortality by a variety of mechanisms. Adverse clinical sequelae of a sacrococcygeal teratoma can be prevented by accurate prenatal assessment and appropriate obstetrical and perinatal management. Development of fetal hydrops and/or placentomegaly predicts fetal demise. Fetal surgical intervention has proven successful in highly selected cases.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Sacrococcygeal Region
  • Teratoma* / diagnosis
  • Teratoma* / physiopathology
  • Teratoma* / surgery
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal