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Embarrassing Conditions: A Tumor with Teeth

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The world is full of of embarrassing conditions you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Every week, Carian discusses one. This week: Orbital teratoma.

Last week, we published a disturbing photo of a mouth full of teeth. Although the picture is probably photoshopped, extra teeth can pretty much occur anywhere in the body. Even tumors have been reported to contain teeth. Recently, surgeons from an Indian hospital found two fully developed molars in a surgically removed eye tumor.

Tumors with teeth are called teratomas and beside teeth these tumors may also contain other components from all the three germ layers, such as hair or bone. Teratomas in the orbit are extremely rare, with only few cases described in medical literature.

In this case, the patient is a 23-year-old woman who suffered from the growing eye tumor throughout her entire life. Because her eyesight was getting really poor she finally went to the doctors for help.

According to Dental Tribune, the surgeons think that the teeth developed through the displacement of tissues when the woman was in the embryonic stage and encapsulated after the tumor started to grow in size.

The tumor has been successfully removed. However, the woman has permanently lost sight in her left eye.

Source: Dental Tribune, Vyperlook

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