Damage control operation for massive sacrococcygeal teratoma.


Surgical resections of massive sacrococcygeal teratomas (SCTs) carry significant risk due to baseline hemodynamic instability and the potential for significant hemorrhage. In this case report, a fetus with sacrococcygeal teratoma developed high-output cardiac instability at 32 weeks' gestation. After urgent cesarian delivery, a damage-control operation using Teflon-pledgeted mattress sutures allowed for hemodynamic control of bleeding into the tumor. One week later, after subsequent fluid resuscitation and stabilization, an elective staged resection of the complete mass including the pelvic portion was performed. The patient was discharged home on postoperative day 30 and was doing well at her most recent clinic visit at 30 months of age.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.12.012

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@article{Smithers2011DamageCO, title={Damage control operation for massive sacrococcygeal teratoma.}, author={Charles Jason Smithers and Patrick J. Javid and Christopher G B Turner and Justin D Klein and Russell Jennings}, journal={Journal of pediatric surgery}, year={2011}, volume={46 3}, pages={566-9} }