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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 154-155

Mature cystic teratoma with neurogenic components and struma ovarii: a rare case report and review of the literature

Department of Pathology, UPUMS, Saifai, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Submission15-Apr-2017
Date of Acceptance19-Jun-2017
Date of Web Publication19-Feb-2018

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Seema Dayal
Department of Pathology, UPUMS, Saifai, Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, 206130
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DOI: 10.4103/kamj.kamj_17_17

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Mature cystic teratoma of the ovary is a common germ cell tumor among women. Teratomas are more frequently seen in younger women. In teratoma, all three germ cell layers are present, and hence any type of histological tissue can develop. As regards the type of tissue present, it may be mature or immature. In monodermal teratoma, one of the tissues may predominate, such as thyroid tissue in struma ovarii and neuroectodermal tissue in carcinoid tumor. Here, we present a case report in which a young woman presented with ovarian mass diagnosed histopathologically as mature ovarian teratoma having mostly neurologic elements such as glial tissue, melanotic cells, choroid plexus, and struma ovarii, and along with that fat and respiratory epithelium were also identified. Ovarian teratoma is composed of derivatives of three germ cell layers, but in some cases monodermal component such as struma ovarii can be seen with neurogenic components and mesodermal components.

Keywords: histopathology, ovary, teratoma, Tumor

How to cite this article:
Dayal S. Mature cystic teratoma with neurogenic components and struma ovarii: a rare case report and review of the literature. Kasr Al Ainy Med J 2017;23:154-5

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Dayal S. Mature cystic teratoma with neurogenic components and struma ovarii: a rare case report and review of the literature. Kasr Al Ainy Med J [serial online] 2017 [cited 2023 Mar 29];23:154-5. Available from: http://www.kamj.eg.net/text.asp?2017/23/3/154/225773

  Introduction Top

Teratomas are tumors frequently derived from germ cells and commonly arise in gonads. They can also develop along the body midline such as the base of the skull, mediastinum, and the sacrococcygeal region, which is a migratory pathway of the primodial germ cells from the yolk sac [1]. In the testicles, teratomas arise during childhood, but ovarian teratomas can arise throughout the life span, being frequent during the reproductive period [2]. Most of the ovarian teratomas are grossly cystic but can also be solid. Microscopically, it can be composed of tissue derived from all germ layers (i.e. ectoderm, endoderm, and mesoderm). The ectoderm mainly consists of the skin and brain. Specialized form of teratoma with unilateral development of certain tissue, such as struma ovarii and neurogenic cyst, is known, but the exact pathogenesis is controversial [3]. A mature cystic teratoma having struma ovarii and neurologic elements along with other components in a 25-year-old woman is reported in the present case.

  Case report Top

A 20-year-old woman with complaint of mass in the abdomen and anemia presented. Ultrasound examination revealed cystic ovarian mass. Therefore, cystectomy was performed and sent for routine histopathology examination. On gross examination, the formalin-fixed specimen was 5×5×5 cm3 in diameter and had smooth and intact surface. Cut surface was unilocular and thin walled and it was filled with putty-like material and hair, whereas along with that one hard area was seen measuring 0.5×0.5 cm2. Sections of 4-µm thickness were prepared and stained with hematoxylin and eosin. Histopathology examination revealed skin lining with sebaceous, sweat glands. Neurological component seen were glial tissue, choroid plexus, and melanotic cells ([Figure 1]). The other components seen were struma ovarii, cartilage, respiratory epithelium, and fatty tissue ([Figure 2]).
Figure 1 H&E stained section showing choroid plexuses in mature cystic teratoma.

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Figure 2 H&E stained section showing cartilage with struma ovarii in teratoma.

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  Discussion Top

Mature cystic teratomas constitute ∼20% of all ovarian neoplasms during the reproductive years [3]. The most common clinical symptoms are pressure, pelvic pain, and irregular bleed, but sometimes it may result from complications such as torsion, rupture, peritonitis, and autoimmune hemolytic anemia [4]. Most mature ovarian teratomas are cystic but solid can also be seen, and on cutting hairs, putty-like material, teeth, and human body can be identified [5]. In present case the women presented with complaint of mass in abdomen and anemia, and ovarian mass was grossly cystic predominantly with very small solid area measuring 0.5×0.5 cm2, which on cutting showed putty-like material with hairs. Microscopically, they can be composed of tissue derived from all three germ layers (i.e. ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm). The tissue in teratoma is usually well-differentiated (mature), but can be at fetal stage of development (immature). The most common tissues encountered in mature cystic teratoma are skin, sweat gland, teeth, respiratory epithelium, cartilage, salivary gland, and nervous tissue [2]. The occurrence of different neural tissue in benign mature teratoma is well known. The report of Marcial Rojas and Medina [6] contained 22–47% brain tissue, 19–25% ependymal cells, and 19–22% ganglionic cells. They found choroid plexus in 6% of the mature cystic teratomas. Within the neural tissue, choroid plexus is rare [6]. Struma ovarii is the expression of thyroid tissue in teratoma. It accounts for 10% of cases in mature cystic teratoma [5]. In the present study, struma ovarii, cartilage, respiratory epithelium, skin with adnexa, neural tissue including glial tissue, melanotic cells, and choroid plexus were seen together, which is rarest and not seen in the literature.

  Conclusion Top

Mature cystic ovarian tumor is a common tumor in the reproductive age group. However, it is very uncommon to find neurological components with specialized tissue such as struma ovarii and other mesodermal components. While examining teratomas such combination should be kept in mind. Newer studies should be carried out to know more about the histogenesis of teratomas.

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Marcial Rojas RA, Medina R. Cystic teratomas of the ovary; a clinical and pathological analysis of two hundred sixty eight tumors. AMA Arch Pathol 1958; 66:577–589.  Back to cited text no. 6


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