Title: Extreme levels of alpha-fetoprotein in a newborn with a benign intrapericardial teratoma
Authors: Meuris, Bart ×
Gewillig, Marc
Meyns, Bart #
Issue Date: Feb-2006
Series Title: Cardiology in the Young vol:16 issue:1 pages:76-77
Abstract: We report a neonate presenting with an intrapericardial benign teratoma and an exceptionally high level of alpha-fetoprotein. Such severe elevation of alpha-fetoprotein in a neonate with a teratoma is usually associated with the presence of immature or malignant elements, compromising the prognosis. The tumour in our patient, however, proved to be completely benign. We discuss recent findings with regard to normal levels of alpha-fetoprotein levels in preterm infants, and in children with neonatal teratomas.
ISSN: 1047-9511
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Cardiac Surgery
Pediatric Cardiology Section (-)
Cardiovascular Developmental Biology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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