What is a Teratoma? Is It Life-Threatening?
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What is a Teratoma? Is It Life-Threatening?

Cystic teratomas are disgusting and can contain sebaceous material, puss, fat tissue, bone, hair, teeth, and other awful monstrosities. Because we know a teratoma is essentially a malformed, undeveloped twin, dead before it was even made, its usually dead material residing within another's body, calcified tissue can exist within the growth. There have been some extreme cases of fetus in fetu and cystic teratomas documented on television, on Youtube, and on other various video and medical oddity websites. I suggest you Google a video and photographs on the subject. Trust that after viewing this monstrosity, you will never be the same! Be warned, there is some graphic material out there!

A teratoma is a mass in the body, most commonly found at birth, but not always that can contain biological material such as hair, teeth, bone, or even items such as eyes or partial digits (fingers, toes, fingernails).  Teratomas can be both malignant or benign, are found in both men and women, and can be found most anywhere in the body!  Teratomas are often found in the ovaries of female patients.  They can also be found in the male testes.  Dermoid cysts and fetus in fetu are two types of teratomas that occur.  Its thought that teratomas are formed from either embryonic cells or germ cells, generally before birth, but the exact mechanism of its formation is unknown and its origins are educated speculation.  Germ cells are cells developed in the reproductive organs, (ie. the ovaries and testes). 

Most commonly, teratomas are found attached to a fetus or a newborn baby and are discovered and removed at or near birth. Sacrococcygeal teratomas (newborn teratomas) are found in about 1 in 40,000  births.  This statistic is for live births, not for children who are still-born, or in pregnancies that are terminated.  In more unusual situations, teratomas that exist at birth continue to grow in a person until later, sometimes even adulthood, and begin to cause problems in the body (ie. pressure, pain, malformation of other structures).  The problems the teratoma causes triggers further investigation by medical professionals.  Upon finding the problem causing teratoma, it is generally removed by surgery, dissected, and tested for pathology.  Usually in women, teratomas are benign.  More commonly in men, they can be benign, or cancerous.  This is why its very important for the gargantuan tumors to be dissected and tested post-operative. 

Taratomas are sometimes referred to as a parasitic twin when it requires a human host, its twin, to sustain life.  It may, in fact, be a twin who was intended to be viable, but never split from its brother or sister, and remained attached to its sibling, robbing the patient of nutrients, blood supply, and other vital life-giving necessities.  Teratomas can also just be an appendage hanging from a person's body, causing discomfort, and a grotesque physical appearance.  Either way, they need to be obliterated. 

Cystic teratomas are disgusting and can contain sebacious material, puss, fat tissue, bone, hair, teeth, and other awful monstrosities. Because we know a teratoma is essentially a malformed, undeveloped twin, dead before it was even made, its usually dead material residing within another's body, calcified tissue can exist within the growth. There have been some extreme cases of fetus in fetu and cystic teratomas documented on television, on Youtube, and on other various video and medical oddity websites.  I suggest you Google a video and photographs on the subject.  Trust that after viewing this monstrosity, you will never be the same!  Be warned, there is some graphic material out there!

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Comments (8)

A very interesting and informative article. I learned something new this morning.

Crazy, huh!  This kind of medical oddity enthralls me!

Didn't know this.  Thanks.

Great to know this Amy, thanks.

Pretty gross, huh?

I had heard the word teratoma but did not know what it meant - I'm glad you didn't include photos!

Lol, the photos and videos I have seen of them being removed and dissected are pretty disgusting.

Excellent and informative...

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