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Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2006 Oct;49(4):563-5.

Fetus in fetu or differentiated teratomas?

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Department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry. adhishbasu@rediffmail.com

Abstract

Two cases of congenital teratoma were operated upon. In view of the high degree of organoid differentiation of the teratomas with rudimentary limbs, intestine, brain-like and pulmonary tissues, it was difficult to distinguish it from fetus-in-fetu. In the light of the data obtained and extensive review of related literature, we consider that fetus-in-fetu and teratoma may not be unrelated entities. Our cases support the view held that fetuses in fetu are highly differentiated teratomas.

PMID:
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