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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1994 Sep;118(9):934-7.

Teratoma of the umbilical cord. Case report with review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, University of Innsbruck, Austria.


Teratomas of the umbilical cord are very rare lesions. We found only five cases in the literature from 1887 to 1993, the latest reported in 1985. We report a case of a 10 x 7 x 5-cm mass located just at the end of an omphalocele in the umbilical cord of a full-term baby. The mass exhibited something like a cranial and a caudal pole, and tissues of all three germinal layers could be found, but there were no skeletal structures. Therefore, this lesion was diagnosed as a teratoma of the umbilical cord. We review the literature and discuss the relationship between the teratoma of the umbilical cord and the holoacardius amorphus.

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