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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2012, Article ID 857230, 2 pages
Case Report

Placental Teratoma Presenting as a Lobulated Mass behind the Neck of Fetus: A Case Report

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal 576104, India
2Genetics Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal 576104, India

Received 22 March 2012; Accepted 14 May 2012

Academic Editors: E. Cosmi, A. Fujimoto, K. Matsuo, and Y. Purwosunu

Copyright © 2012 Adiga Prashanth et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Placental teratoma is a rare nontrophoblastic benign tumour, which is thought to arise from germ cells. These tumours contain elements derived from multiple germ cell layers. We report a case of teratoma, where on ultrasound; there were two echogenic masses of 4 cm × 5 cm and 3 cm × 4 cm, arising from the placenta. Elective lower segment cesarean section was done in view of breech presentation at 38 weeks of gestation. Gross examination of the placenta showed two lobulated masses of 5 cm × 5 cm and 4 cm × 4.5 cm, respectively. Histopathological examination of the placenta was suggestive of teratoma of the placenta. The fetus was normal.The maternal and fetal outcome was good.