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J Obstet Gynaecol. 2013 Feb;33(2):120-4. doi: 10.3109/01443615.2012.731452.

Mature cystic teratoma of the fallopian tube.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cukurova University School of Medicine, Turkey.


Teratoma of the fallopian tube (cystic or solid) is a rarely encountered tumour and, to date, only 73 cases have been reported in the literature. A comprehensive review has not been done since 1972, when Mazzarella and colleagues reviewed 44 cases of tubal teratomas. This situation has prompted us to survey the literature to update the data on tubal teratoma cases. The majority of the tumours were benign. The tumour was cystic in nature in 50 cases. Patients' ages ranged between 17 and 67 years. None of them was diagnosed preoperatively. Half of the tumours were ≤ 5 cm, whereas the other half were > 5 cm in diameter. About two-thirds of the patients were associated with two or fewer gravidity. To the best of our knowledge, the present case included in our paper is the first tubal cystic teratoma reported from Turkey.

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