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How is sacrococcygeal teratoma diagnosed?
A sacrococcygeal tumor is usually diagnosed during pregnancy by a highly specialized prenatal ultrasound.
What the ultrasound shows
If there's a sacrococcygeal teratoma, the ultrasound will show a large mass.
Special concerns relating to a solid tumor
A tumor that is mostly solid has a large amount of blood vessels, and this causes the fetus' heart to pump extra hard to circulate blood through both his body and the tumor.
This extra work may cause the fetus to develop heart failure (hydrops). This will be monitored closely by fetal echocardiography, which looks directly at fetal heart function.
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