Goubaa Mohamed MD Djerba Tunisia

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This is a 65-year-old female who presented with vague pelvic discomfort. An ultrasound examination is performed. Patiente âgée de 65 ans présentant une sensation pelvienne vague d'inconfort. Une échographie a été réalisée.

cyst dermoid teratomas

kyste tératome dermoide

Ultrasonography ovary teratomas

ovaire dermoide tératome tetatome échohraphie echographie

echography ultrasound teratoma dermoid

kyste ovarien ovarian cyst

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Longitudinal and transversal tranabdominal scan of right ovarian cyst shows
* A large dermoid plug (tip of the iceberg) is seen (scan 1). The posterior of the mass is not seen due to rapid attenuation of the ultrasound beam : a conglomerate of fatty tissue or sebum and hair produces the dermoid plug.
* highly echogenic focus with posterior shadowing corresponding to a tooth (scan 2).
* Fat-fluid level : scan of right ovarian mass shows an abrupt linear change in echogenicity due to fat-fluid level (scans 3 and 4).
All of these findings are consistent with a dermoid cyst.

Le balayage transabdominal longitudinal et transversal du kyste ovarien droit montre :
* Un bouchon dermoïde large (signe de l'iceberg) est visible (cliché 1). Le postérieur de la masse n'est pas visible et c'est du à l'atténuation rapide du faisceau ultrasonore : c'est un mélange de tissu gras (ou sébum) et de cheveux produisant la bouchon dermoïde.
* Un foyer fortement échogène avec le une ombre postérieure correspondant à une dent (cliché 2).
* Un niveau gras-fluide : le balayage de la masse ovarienne droite montre un changement linéaire brusque d'échogènicité dû à un niveau gras-liquide (clichés 3 et 4).
Tous ces signes sont fort évocateurs de kyste dermoïde.

Dermoid Cyst Kyste dermoïde


Ovarian Teratoma

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Teratomas are the most common ovarian neoplasm constituting 20% of all ovarian tumors and about 95% of germ cell tumors. These are common tumors in adolescent and young women but may also occur in the elderly. Malignant teratomas are rare (1% to 3% of cases). Between 10 and 15 percent of dermoids are bilateral. Cystic teratomas are usually composed of three germ cell layers: ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm, with ectoderm predominating. they often contain fat, teeth (40% of dermoids contain teeth), hair and bone fragments.

Clinical :
Cystic teratomas are commonly asymptomatic, although pain may result in the event of torsion or rupture. Larger lesions may produce an abdominal mass or swelling.

Ultrasonography :
Sonographically, dermoids can range from totally anechoic to a hyperechoic mass. Most commonly, they appear as complex masses. The majority of dermoids are very echogenic and they may shadow. Benign cystic teratomas characteristically show an anechoic cystic component and a shadowing density that corresponds to a dermoid plug. Strong acoustic attenuation occurs in the presence of bone, teeth, and hair in the plug, sometimes producing the "tip-of-the-iceberg" sign. This intensely echogenic focus is the cystic teratoma's most defining feature. Other distinctive sonographic features include a fat-fluid level and hyperechoic lines and dots generated by hair. The size of the dermoid plug varies from a few mm to that occupying the entire mass.
Color Doppler sonography may be helpful in differentiation of benign and malignant cystic teratomas. Blood flow in benign cystic teratomas is typically found only in the periphery because the cyst contains mostly avascular fat and hair. Conversely, malignant teratomas show intratumoral blood flow significantly more frequently than benign teratomas, with the exception of struma ovarii, a rare and typically benign form of cystic teratoma that contains highly vascular thyroid tissue .

Differential :
Benign cystic teratomas have variable appearances that may mimic hemorrhagic cysts, endometriomas, primary ovarian neoplasms, and metastatic tumors. Teratomas, however, often have two or more features characteristic of dermoids, and sonographically similar lesions usually have no more than one. Différential :

* Haemorrhagic ovarian cyst.
* Endometrioma.
* Fibroma and fibrothecoma.
* Arrhenoblastoma.
* Granulosa cell tumour.
* Mucinous or serous cystadenomas or cystadenocarcinoma.
* Endometroid carcinoma.
* Adenocarcinoma without serous or mucous collection.
* Krukenberg's tumeurs.
* Lymphoma of ovaries.

Treatment :
Cystic teratomas are often surgically removed, but because of their typically slow growth rate, patient fertility concerns may be considered. Wherever possible, lesions are excised without removal of the involved ovary; in fact, surgery can sometimes be delayed until patients have completed their families.

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