Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 153–156 | Cite as

Development of a benign intrapericardial tumor between 20 and 40 weeks of gestation

  • Howard S. Weber
  • Charles S. Kleinman
  • William E. Hellenbrand
  • Gary S. Kopf
  • Joshua Copel
Article

Summary

A case of a massive benign intrapericardial teratoma that presented at two weeks of age with significant respiratory distress is described. In retrospect, it was discovered that this infant had been evaluated by fetal echocardiography while in utero at 20 weeks of gestation due to a maternal history of surgically corrected tetrology of Fallot. The fetal echocardiogram demonstrated normal intracardiac anatomy and no evidence of either a pericardial mass or effusion. It is concluded that this tumor spontaneously enlarged some time between 20 and 40 weeks of gestation.

Key words

Pericardial teratoma Fetal echocardiography Postnatal echocardiography 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard S. Weber
    • 1
  • Charles S. Kleinman
    • 1
  • William E. Hellenbrand
    • 1
  • Gary S. Kopf
    • 1
  • Joshua Copel
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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