Dermoids and teratomas of the head and neck

G. R. Holt, J. E. Holt, R. G. Weaver

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Dermoids and true teratomas comprise the majority of the teratoma-type tumors found in the head-and-neck region. They are usually benign and are found in newborn children and infants, with the site of origin determining the presenting signs and symptoms. Proper diagnosis for exclusion of other masses or neoplasms must be carried out before surgical excision. Maintenance of the airway and preservation of affected organs of function are the important goals of therapy. Benign tumors are not known to recur after adequate surgical excision. The malignant teratomas - which may be found in the paranasal sinuses, cervical region, or mediastinum - carry a grave prognosis in spite of aggressive combined therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)520-531
Number of pages12
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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