Testing & Diagnosis for Cervical Teratoma in Children

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How is cervical teratoma diagnosed?

It’s usually first discovered during a routine prenatal ultrasound, sometime around the 18th week of pregnancy. Signs of a problem in the ultrasound include:

  • an empty stomach indicating a blockage in the esophagus and/or excess amniotic fluid
  • the fetus's neck may appear hyperextended
  • your doctor may even discover the mass itself

If your obstetrician suspects a problem, you will be referred to an obstetrician who specializes in high-risk cases or a pediatric surgeon specializing in fetal and neonatal care for further ultrasounds and possibly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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