A large teratoma of the hard palate: a case report

Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2009 Jan;47(1):46-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2007.12.015. Epub 2008 Jul 3.


Congenital teratoma is a rare malformation, and few papers have been published about it. We present a large teratoma that arose from the hard palate in a neonate. The obstructive mass caused maternal polyhydramnios and was identified prenatally by ultrasonography. The mother went into labour at 35 week's gestation at home. The child was in respiratory distress as a result of airway obstruction, and a tracheostomy was done when she was 4hours old. She also had major cardiac abnormalities. The palatal mass was removed successfully at 4 weeks of age. The typical components of a teratoma were identified including immature neural glial tissue.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cleft Palate / complications
  • Female
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / complications
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Palatal Neoplasms / complications
  • Palatal Neoplasms / congenital*
  • Palatal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Palate, Hard / surgery
  • Palate, Soft / abnormalities
  • Teratoma / complications
  • Teratoma / congenital*
  • Teratoma / surgery