Sacrococcygeal Teratoma in a Developing Community
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Objective: To determine the parameters of the sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT) in a developing community
Study Design: An epidemiologic data pool was formed from cases of SCT submitted as surgical specimens to a Reference Pathology Laboratory serving the Igbo Ethnic Group in South-Eastern Nigeria.
Results: In all, 18 neonates were diagnosed with SCT. Females preponderated (83%). The patients were presented at birth immediately or within a few weeks. The maximum dimension averaged 8.7 cm. Only 2 cases were delivered by cesarean section. A twin was delivered healthy while the other twin was a still-born. There was no associated anomaly or malignancy. Three cases exhibited striking predominance, namely, isolated cartilage bars, psammoma bodies, and longish stretch of bowel mucosa and muscularis complete with nerve plexuses. In this community, prenatal sonography was not used.
Conclusion: SCTs documented from a developing community in Nigeria showed the usual characteristics including 83% female preponderance.
Keywords: Sacrococcyx; Teratoma; Sex; Developing community
Sacrococcygeal teratomas are characteristic tumors which have long been recognized. The 1900 case report  concerned a female infant who died seven days after birth although "Labour was normal, except that the tumour gave trouble in passing over the perinaeum." Incidentally, there was no other congenital defect in her body.
Body of knowledge has since then increased with numerous reports from USA [2-7], Canada [8,9], and The Netherlands . Therefore, I propose to report cases which occurred in a Nigerian community whose surgical specimens I had handled personally
Between 1971 and 1998, surgical specimens were submitted with Clinical Details to a Reference Pathology Laboratory run personally at Enugu, in the South-East of Nigeria. The patients were all of the Igbo Ethnic Group.
Table 1 summarizes the patterns documented.
Nowadays, prenatal sonography has been facilitating prenatal diagnosis [5,6]. It is relevant to say that, in this developing community, all the patients were diagnosed without this aid. In time, this discrepancy will no doubt be rectified.
Of interest is the encountering of twins . My 10th case alone was illustrative. Admitted with twin pregnancy, the first was a 2 kg infant that was delivered with SCT while the second was a macerated still-born without this teratomatous component.
Gross findings were often impressive as in the Dutch case that measured up to 10 cm across . Eight of the present cases were of this dimension, the range being from 3 cm to 18 cm (average 8.7 cm).
Microscopic appearances were classical in keeping with the literature. In the occasional case, one tissue may be striking, e.g., pancreas , and kidney . What struck me were abundant "psammoma bodies" (case 6), "a longish stretch of bowel mucosa and muscularis complete with nerve plexuses" (case 9), and "isolated cartilage bars" (case 18).
In conclusion, the present data from Nigeria have furnished some epidemiologic insights with respect to SCT. This is in keeping with the view of British authors  that a histological data pool of surgical pathology may be used for epidemiological analysis.
|Serial No.||Age (week)||Sex||Size (cm)|
|Table 1: Pattern of sacro-coccygeal teratomar in Nigerian Igbos|