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Thoracolumbar teratoma associated with meningomyelocele: common aetiology or coincidence?

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Introduction. The association of teratoma and neural tube defects is very rare.

Case report and discussion. A case of teratoma resembling bowel within a meningomyelocele is presented and the literature reviewed.

Conclusion. The hypotheses of a possible common aetiology for this association include a single dysembryogenic process and neoplastic transformation of heterotopic primordial elements incorporated in the defect.

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Bosma, J., Mallucci, C. & May, P. Thoracolumbar teratoma associated with meningomyelocele: common aetiology or coincidence?. Childs Nerv Syst 18, 299–301 (2002).

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