Early prenatal detection of a fast-growing fetal epignathus

Gyula R. Nagy, Bence P. Neducsin, Levente Lázár, Balázs Stenczer, Z. Csapó, J. Rigó

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Abstract

Epignathus is a rare congenital orofacial teratoma. We present a case of a fast-growing tumor, where early prenatal diagnosis was made and where fetopathological examination revealed the reason of the remarkable ultrasonographic signs and underlined the expected poor prognosis. Ultrasonographic examination at 18 weeks' gestation showed that there was a growing tumor protruding from the fetus's mouth. The fetal stomach could not be seen and extreme polyhydramnios was also detected. After counseling, the couple opted for a termination of pregnancy. Fetopathological examination showed that the tumorosus mass was not only protruding from the mouth, but also inexplicably grew downwards, was connected to the hard palate and the periosteum of the vertebral corpus, making an airway and esophageal obstruction, causing the ultrasonographic findings. Postnatal treatment and surgical removal of this tumor seemed to be impossible. In case of an early detection of a fast-growing fetal epignathus, pregnancy termination should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1328-1330
Number of pages3
JournalThe journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research
Volume38
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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Pregnancy
Mouth
Polyhydramnios
Hard Palate
Neoplasms
Periosteum
Teratoma
Airway Obstruction
Prenatal Diagnosis
Counseling
Early Diagnosis
Stomach
Fetus

Keywords

  • Epignathus
  • Fetopathology
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Teratoma
  • Ultrasound

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  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Early prenatal detection of a fast-growing fetal epignathus. / Nagy, Gyula R.; Neducsin, Bence P.; Lázár, Levente; Stenczer, Balázs; Csapó, Z.; Rigó, J.

In: The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research, Vol. 38, No. 11, 11.2012, p. 1328-1330.

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Nagy, Gyula R. ; Neducsin, Bence P. ; Lázár, Levente ; Stenczer, Balázs ; Csapó, Z. ; Rigó, J. / Early prenatal detection of a fast-growing fetal epignathus. In: The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research. 2012 ; Vol. 38, No. 11. pp. 1328-1330.
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