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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67-69
Prenatal diagnosis of cryptorchid testicular teratoma

1 Department of Radiology, B. J. Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Radiology, B. J. Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 SJKC Trust's Paed-Surgery Centre and P. G. Institute, Sangli, Maharashtra, India

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Date of Web Publication9-Mar-2016


Testis follows a predictable course during its stepwise descent from its site of origin in the lumbar region to its final destination in ipsilateral hemi-scrotum. Undesended (cryptorchid) testis is more prone for neoplastic transformation. Testicular teratoma is rare relative to ovarian teratoma and occurs rarely prenatally than postnatally. Teratoma is composed of derivatives of three germ layers. Ultrasound with color Doppler is the most commonly used modality for assessment of prenatal status. Prenatal diagnosis of cryptorchid testicular teratoma involves identification of well-defined, complex solid-cystic lesion with calcifications along the path of testicular descent and absent testis in ipsilateral hemi-scrotum at 36 weeks of gestation. Complications associated with cryptorchid testicular teratoma include torsion, hemorrhage, or malignant transformation. Early diagnosis is important to avoid complications, and hence, ultrasound imaging features play an important role in diagnosis.

Keywords: Cryptorchid; malignant transformation; teratoma

How to cite this article:
Arkar RR, Umap RA, Jadhav S. Prenatal diagnosis of cryptorchid testicular teratoma. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2016;26:67-9

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   Introduction Top

Ovarian teratoma is far more common than testicular teratoma. [1],[2] Testicular teratoma usually appears during infancy as a palpable scrotal mass. We report a case of mature teratoma of the undescended left testis diagnosed on the basis of prenatal ultrasonography. Worldwide, totally five similar cases were reported in literature previously. Not a single case was reported from India. The ultrasound features and clinical implications of the condition will be discussed.

   Case Report Top

A 26-year-old gravida 1 woman with no medial or surgical illness was referred for third trimester growth profile ultrasonography to our center at 36 weeks of gestation as a routine procedure showed 2.0 × 1.8 cm sized, well-circumscribed lesion in pelvis. The lesion was round in shape, cystic with a solid component, located on the left lateral side of urinary bladder [Figure 1]. The lesion showed few discrete subcentimeter-sized foci of calcifications. The overall ultrasonographic image was similar to that of an ovarian dermoid cyst. Left scrotal sac was empty, while the right scrotal sac showed normal echogenicity gonad of size 1.4 × 0.9 cm, and there were no other structural abnormalities identified. The provisional diagnosis of cryptorchid testicular teratoma was made and follow-up ultrasonography was suggested on day 1 of postnatal life. The neonate was born via the vaginal route. After delivery, the neonate was found to have left undescended testis with normal positioned right testis. The left testis was not palpable in the left inguinal canal. Postnatal ultrasonographic examination revealed a well-defined round to oval mass (2.0 × 1.9 cm) with foci of subcentimeter-sized calcifications located on the left lateral side of urinary bladder [[Figure 2] postnatal]. The right testis was normal in echogenicity with normal position. Tumor marker levels were within reference ranges. The tumor was excised by laparotomy at day 3 of neonatal period. Intraoperatively, a 2.0 × 1.5 cm sized left testicular mass was found on the left lateral side of urinary bladder [[Figure 3] of surgical photos]. Histology examination showed testis with a tumor composed of elements of all germ cell layers, viz. skin with adnexal structures, wall of small intestine with mucosal and muscular layers, fibrovascular tissue, brown fat, cartilage, bone with bone marrow, lymphoid tissue, glial tissue, and few areas of immature mesenchyme. On histopathology, surrounding testicular parenchyma showed primitive seminiferous tubules. Also, the tumor was confined to testis.
Figure 1: Prenatal USG shows well-defined round lesion on left side of urinary bladder with foci of calcifications (multiple white markers along margin of lesion). Prenatal diagnosis of cryptorchid testicular teratoma was made (images of normal testis were not included due to limitations pertaining to PCPNDT)

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Figure 2: Postnatal USG shows cystic lesion with calcifications on left side of urinary bladder with no internal vascularity on Doppler study. These findings were similar on prenatal USG and diagnosis of cryptorchid testicular teratoma was assured

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Figure 3: Intra-operative image shows lesion excised during surgery (excised lesion held with forceps)

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The diagnosis of mature (pure) testicular teratoma was thus confirmed. The infant recovered well from the surgery and was discharged from the hospital.

   Discussion Top

The well-known consequence of undescended testis is neoplastic change. There is 3-8 times higher risk of neoplasia in cryptorchid testis relative to general population. [3] The incidence of testicular neoplasm in prepubertal age group is 0.5 per 100,000, while that in postpubertal age group is 10 times higher, i.e. 5.4 per 100,000. [1] Teratomas contribute to 23-48% of prepubertal testicular tumors. [1],[4] Prepubertal testicular teratoma presents at a median age of 13 months. [5] In adults, intratubular germ cell neoplasia is considered a precursor to testicular germ cell tumors and is found in 2%-8% of adults with a history of cryptorchidism, but it has historically not been found in association with prepubertal germ cell tumors. [6] Intratubular germ cell neoplasia has been reported adjacent to mature teratoma in a prepubertal patient as an exceptionally rare finding. [7] The differential diagnosis for a prenatally detected cystic abdominal mass includes lymphangioma, neuroblastoma, gonadal teratoma, multicystic dysplastic kidney, meconium cyst, and intestinal duplication cyst. [8],[9] The organ of origin for most cystic abdominal masses in the neonate is kidney; [9] however, the pelvic location of the mass in our case suggested a gonadal origin. The appearance of the mass as mixed cystic with calcifications helps to further narrow the differential diagnosis in favor of a testicular teratoma. Till date, five cases of prenatally detected testicular teratoma have been reported in literature. No case has been reported from the Asian continent. Mboyo et al. [10] detected a 2.5 × 2.3 cm cystic and solid mass on the left side of the bladder on prenatal ultrasonography at 31 weeks gestation. It was excised on day 13 of life. Shih et al. [11] reported a 5 × 4 × 3 cm semi-solid mass with central echogenicity in front of the right fetal kidney and anterior to the bladder at 36 weeks gestation. It was excised at 6 days of life. Siu et al. [12] reported a 3 cm, well-circumscribed, round, mixed cystic and solid intra-abdominal lesion located below the liver, anterior to the right kidney, and superior to the bladder at 30 weeks gestation. The lesion was excised at 1 month of age. Pramanik et al. [3] evaluated an infant at 6 months of age who was previously found to have a 2.1 × 1.9 cm mass in the right iliac fossa at 27 weeks gestation. The mass was stable on ultrasound at 30 and 35 weeks gestation and postnatally at 3 months of age. The mass was diagnosed as mature testicular teratoma on histopathology. Janda et al.[13] detected 1.2 × 1.0 cm sized cystic mass on the left side of urinary bladder at 22 weeks of gestation, which on postnatal post-surgery histopathology showed features of teratoma. Cryptorchidism has been associated with testicular torsion. In historical series, the incidence of torsion of the testis or its appendages by 25 years was 1 in 160 men; however, cryptorchidism was associated with a 10-fold higher risk of torsion. [14] Torsion of the intra-abdominal testicle is a rare event, and a tumor within the testicle appears to predispose the gonad to torsion. Duncan et al. [15] reported that 59.5% of torsed intra-abdominal testicles were associated with testicular malignancy. Most of the intra-abdominal testicular tumors present in adulthood. In the prepubertal population, Brown et al.[16] reported that six of seven patients (86%) ranging in age from 2 months to 11 years with intra-abdominal testicular torsion had testicular tumors.

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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.178334

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