Benign sacrococcygeal teratomas in infants and children: a 25 year review

Ann Surg. 1980 Mar;191(3):382-4. doi: 10.1097/00000658-198003000-00020.


A review of 33 infants treated over 25 years for benign sacrococcygeal teratoma shows that this is predominantly a newborn tumour presenting mostly as an external mass and carrying an excellent prognosis provided surgical treatment is prompt and complete excision accomplished. Resectability was 100% in this series as is usually the case. This tumour must however, be differentiated from other masses presenting in the sacrococcygeal area by a careful histologic study since these other lesions generally require a different therapeutic approach.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Sacrococcygeal Region / surgery*
  • Teratoma / congenital
  • Teratoma / surgery*