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Unread 01-04-2008, 10:02 AM
Path Results: Teratoma

Any of the rest of you get news about teratoma in your pathology?

I'm intrigued by this--I got my path results in my two-week post-op yesterday, and I'm a little freaked out but relieved at the same time as we were all worried about ovarian cancer.

Quick run-down: My health problems were confirmed to be caused by fibroids that "cannot be enumerated" and pelvic congestion syndrome. My doc kept saying (since October's laparascopy and photos) that my uterus was "crawling" with the fibroids--he was apparently right!

The path, though, was focused on that ovary since it was rather large. Turns out it was a "benign, partially cystic teratoma," which is a congenital tumor of confused germ cells. Mine appeared to contain teeth, per the report.

CRAZY stuff!! I freaked out in the doctor's office. I'm so happy it's benign, but so alarmed that my ovary contained what seemed to be tooth material. The doc assured me, though, that it is really not so uncommon.

Anyone else?

MJ
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Unread 01-04-2008, 02:00 PM
Path Results: Teratoma

Although I have no experience with this, a quick google search provided many links like this: http://library.med.utah.edu/kw/human...vt_xray01.html

It seems "normal" to some degree... hopefully someone else can enlighten you further.
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Unread 01-04-2008, 02:41 PM
Path Results: Teratoma

Thanks, toastntea. I've googled it and read A LOT (I'm a researcher at heart...grad school will do it to you!), but I'm hoping to hear from someone else for a personal account. Those sites will only help so much... That's the main reason I love this site so much!

MJ
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Unread 01-04-2008, 03:14 PM
Path Results: Teratoma

The path, though, was focused on that ovary since it was rather large. Turns out it was a "benign, partially cystic teratoma," which is a congenital tumor of confused germ cells. Mine appeared to contain teeth, per the report.

CRAZY stuff!! I freaked out in the doctor's office. I'm so happy it's benign, but so alarmed that my ovary contained what seemed to be tooth material. The doc assured me, though, that it is really not so uncommon.

Anyone else?

MJ[/quote]

I had an ovarian cyst removed at age 18 (34 years ago) - I was very concerned about what had caused it - I remember the Dr explaining that sometimes one of the causes was a cyst that develops around tooth material. That surprised me greatly, too!
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Unread 01-04-2008, 03:26 PM
Path Results: Teratoma

yep--strange stuff. My path report did mention tooth material. Ugh. To think my right ovary had teeth! This is the stuff of which life-long stories are made, isn't it!?!

MJ
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Unread 01-04-2008, 03:36 PM
Path Results: Teratoma

Yep - how in the world these things happen, one never knows !
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