Pediatric intramedullary teratomas

Neuropediatrics. 2008 Aug;39(4):196-9. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1112116. Epub 2009 Jan 22.


Teratomas account for 3% of all childhood tumors, with the majority occurring in the sacrococcygeal region and in the ovary. Intradural spinal teratomas are extremely rare dysembryogenetic tumors. Spinal cord teratomas may be extradural, intradural or intramedullary. Intramedullary ones are the least frequently seen. We have extensively reviewed the literature for intramedullary spinal cord teratomas in children. Although an intramedullary teratoma of the conus medullaris in children is a rare entity, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of masses involving the conus medullaris.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Pediatrics*
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / pathology
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Teratoma / pathology
  • Teratoma / therapy*