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Title:
Teratoma in Pregnancy: A Case Report
Authors:  Katherine Apostolakis-Kyrus, M.D., Megan D. Indermaur, M.D., and Jose Prieto, M.D., M.P.H.
 
BACKGROUND: Mature teratoma is a common complication of pregnancy. To the best of the authors\' knowledge this is the largest teratoma in pregnancy documented in the literature.

CASE: A 19-year-old woman, gravida 1, at 14 weeks\' gestational age with a 37-cm fundal height, was found to have a 30x28x17 cm mass on ultrasound. She underwent an exploratory laparotomy, and a teratoma was excised.

CONCLUSION: A teratoma that could limit the growth of an intrauterine pregnancy, is suspected for rupture or torsion, is causing severe pain, and/or may be suspicious for malignancy should be excised.
Keywords:  benign cyst, dermoid, germ cell tumor, laparoscopy, laparotomy, malignancy, mature teratoma, neoplasms, rupture, torsion, tumor markers, ultrasound
   
   
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