Intramedullary cystic teratoid tumor of the cervical spinal cord in association with a teratoma of the ovary

George R. Cybulski*, Kelvin A. Von Roenn, Orville T. Bailey

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A 15-year-old black female student came to the hospital because of disturbance of her gait. On examination, there was a dermal sinus in the skin overlying the spine of the seventh cervical vertebra, and myelography with computed tomography scan demonstrated a block to the flow of metrizamide contrast material at T-5 with cephalad extension of an intradural cystic lesion to the C-5 level. An x-ray examination of the abdomen at the time demonstrated a tooth-shaped radiodensity in the left hypogastrium. On exploration of the spine via C5-T5 laminectomy an intramedullary cystic teratoid tumor was found which was partially excised. At later exploration of the abdomen, a teratoma of the left ovary was removed. The pathology and natural history of teratomas and teratoid tumors is discussed along with surgical management of these tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-272
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical Neurology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1984



  • Congenital tumors
  • Spinal cord neoplasms
  • Teratoid tumor
  • Teratoma
  • Teratomatous cyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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