Malignant thyroid teratoma of an adult: A long-term survival after chemotherapy

Jen Shi Chen, Gi Ming Lai, Swei Hsueh

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Adult primary malignant teratoma of the thyroid is a rare disease that has a poor outcome despite aggressive therapy. A 32-year-old woman underwent a simple lobectomy of the thyroid for a progressively enlarged nodule in August 1990. Pathologic assessment of the tumor revealed a malignant teratoma. The physical examinations and image studies failed to find tumor in other sites. She subsequently received 6 courses of chemotherapy with cisplatin, etoposide, and bleomycin. She experienced a complete response to chemotherapy and remained disease-free for 6.5 years. This tumor must be included in the differential diagnosis of a thyroid tumor and may be treated as a testicular germ-cell tumor for which chemotherapy may be recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-214
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Oncology: Cancer Clinical Trials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Malignant teratoma
  • Thyroid gland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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