|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 91-94
A large obstructive hard palate Teratoma in a neonate
Pushpa Kumari, Anoop Singh Yadav, Jaskiran Singh Randhawa, Vivek Saxena, Ritu Mehta, Bal Mukund
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, INHS Asvini, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||16-Aug-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||21-Jan-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||05-Apr-2022|
INDC Danteshwari, INHS Asvini, Near RC Church, Mumbai - 400 005, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
A neonate female was born with congenital swelling of the hard palate. The baby did not cry immediately after birth, and she was in respiratory distress. The patient required positive pressure ventilation in bag and mask ventilation followed by endotracheal intubation. Noncontrast computed tomography of the head on the 7th day of life showed a soft tissue density fat-containing lesion over the roof of the oral cavity and bony defect in the hard palate. It was provisionally diagnosed as a case of soft tissue mass – hamartoma of the hard palate associated with complete cleft palate and acyanotic heart disease. The patient underwent excision of the mass on the 9th day of life. Histopathological report showed mature teratoma. Teratoma is a rare congenital malformation. At present, after 2 years of age, the patient shows no signs of recurrence.
Keywords: Congenital hard palate swelling, endotracheal intubation, respiratory distress, teratoma
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Kumari P, Yadav AS, Randhawa JS, Saxena V, Mehta R, Mukund B. A large obstructive hard palate Teratoma in a neonate. J Dent Def Sect. 2022;16:91-4
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Kumari P, Yadav AS, Randhawa JS, Saxena V, Mehta R, Mukund B. A large obstructive hard palate Teratoma in a neonate. J Dent Def Sect. [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jun 27];16:91-4. Available from: http://www.journaldds.org/text.asp?2022/16/1/91/342643
| Introduction|| |
Congenital tumors are rare in the oral cavity and offer diagnostic surprise and therapeutic challenge to the clinician. “Epignathus” is the tumor arising in the oral cavity from palate, tongue, or floor of the mouth. It is a congenital malformation classified as a mature teratoma.
Teratomas are typically benign neoplasms that contain elements derived from all three embryonic germ layers: endoderm, mesoderm, and ectoderm. They are composed of multiple tissues that are foreign to the anatomic site in which they are found.
A teratoma may develop in any area of the body along the midline. They have a reported incidence of 1:4000 live births, with at least 2% of these in the head and neck region. The most common sites are the sacrococcyx, mediastinum, gonads, or retroperitoneum.
We describe a case report of a rare nonsyndromic, centrally located, congenital hard palate lesion - teratoma in a neonate associated with congenital heart defects.
| Patient Information|| |
A female child born at 40 weeks of gestation by spontaneous vaginal delivery did not cry immediately after birth. She had respiratory distress, was initially supported by bag and mask ventilation, and then was intubated. She had an obstructing intraoral lesion and was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit.
Examination showed a tongue-shaped obstructive, lobulated, soft tissue mass originating from the roof of the oral cavity, measuring about 20 mm × 10 mm [Figure 1]. It lacked a pedicle, i.e., it was sessile. Overlying mucosa was normal in appearance similar to the adjacent oral mucosa. However, the mass had areas of hair growth.
A defect in the alveolus could be appreciated on the anterior aspect of the hard palate. Examination of the posterior hard palate was difficult due to obscuring soft tissue mass. Rest of the oral cavity and lower jaw was normal in appearance. The nasal cavity, lips, and rest of the face were normal in appearance.
The neonate developed pneumonia, for which intravenous antibiotics were started.
The mother was antenatally booked and immunized and was euthyroid and euglycemic. Antenatal ultrasonography (USG) at 12 weeks showed single live intrauterine fetus (SLIUF) with nuchal translucency - 0.7 mm and antenatal USG at 36 weeks showed SLIUF with cephalic presentation and S/D ratio - 2.4.
Clinical examination at birth on auscultation revealed ejection systolic murmur. Computed tomography of the head showed a soft tissue density protruding from the oral cavity. It was viewed three-dimensionally and seen to arise from the palate. It consisted of cystic lesion and areas of calcification. Noncontrast computed tomography of the head showed no intracranial extension [Figure 2]. On further comprehensive examination, 2D Echo showed ventricular septal defect (VSD).
Maintaining saturation was difficult for the newborn, and also, breastfeeding was an issue as the patient was intubated. She was fed formula milk through Ryle's tube. With initial evaluation and opinion of pediatric surgeon and maxillofacial surgeon, a provisional diagnosis of vomerine hamartoma and a differential diagnosis of teratoma were made, and the infant was taken up for excisional biopsy under general anesthesia on the 9th day of life. The mass including the surrounding mucosa of the cleft was excised. In the deeper layers, the mass was poorly demarcated from the hard palate. The surgical soft tissue defect was left to heal by secondary intention.
The temporomandibular joints moved well. After the tumor had been removed, a complete unilateral cleft involving the hard palate and soft palate became apparent. Postoperatively, the palatal wound epithelialized well.
The patient was unable to take feeds orally because of complete cleft palate, and hence, initial postoperative feeds were through nasogastric tube [Figure 3]. The patient was on special need feeder bottle designed for cleft cases.
Follow-up and outcomes
Sections from submitted tissues showed keratinized stratified squamous epithelium and subepithelium revealed numerous pilosebaceous units. Underlying Fibroadipose tissue showed multiple cystic spaces lined by pseudostratified squamous epithelium [Figure 4] and [Figure 5]. Cartilage and bone were also identified. No foci of immature elements were seen. The tissue was diagnosed as mature teratoma.
After 2 years of birth, the patient does not show any sign of recurrence.
Cleft palate was repaired at 8 months of age. However, the patient shows difficulty in swallowing and is presently on peg feed.
| Discussion|| |
Teratomas may be solid, cystic, or mixed. Teratomas are classified as mature or immature. The incidence of malignancy in neonatal teratomas is very low, they are usually benign, and the incidence of malignancy in teratomas in adults is high.
Calcification is more common in benign than malignant teratomas. The presence of primitive neural tissue also suggests malignancy. The presence of a teratoma should raise the suspicion of other germ cell tumors such as yolk sac tumor in neonates. The lesion in the present case had areas of calcifications, and no primitive neural tissue was seen.
Embryologically, the palate is believed to develop between 6th and 8th week; consequently, this causes a distinction between the nasal and oral cavities, and the development is completed by the 12th week. It has been suggested that the tissues of a teratoma are derived from totipotent cells sequestered during embryogenesis.,
Teratoma in the oral cavity is a very rare disease. An incidence of between 1:35,000 and 1:200,000 live births has been found. Most reports described a slight female predominance.,
The teratoma may be diagnosed antenatally on ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging which permits early multidisciplinary management. In the present case, the tumor presents as a cystic lesion. This diagnosis is confirmed by polyhydramnios, which is thought to be a consequence of impaired fetal swallowing, and it has been proposed that cardiac decompensation caused by circulation within a large vascular teratoma may also contribute.
The differential diagnosis is limited but includes hamartoma, dermoid cyst, and heterotopic gastrointestinal cyst.
Teeth within the mass was confirmed as teratoma.
Antenatal diagnosis allows a controlled environment to be planned for the birth with multidisciplinary care. In our case, it was diagnosed postnatally. On further evaluation, the baby had VSD.
This teratoma may present as an obstructive mass causing respiratory embarrassment and an immediate threat to life, which demands immediate establishment of an airway, often with tracheostomy. It may also present as a small pedunculated tumor with no functional obstruction. Excision is the treatment of choice, as there may be a small chance of malignant transformation the longer they are left. Prognosis worsens as the size of the tumor increases. The ultimate prognosis of lesions with intracranial involvement is poor.,
Benign teratomas may recur after excision. Carney et al. discussed three cases of mature sacrococcygeal teratomas that recurred in children. This does not necessarily imply malignancy, although the clinician should maintain follow-up.
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