An 18-year-old boy presented with an immature neurohypophysial teratoma occurring 10 years after total resection of a mature pineal teratoma through an occipital transtentorial approach in 1989. Thorough histological examination had revealed a mature teratoma. He developed panhypopituitarism and diabetes insipidus in 1999. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a suprasellar tumor occupying the third ventricle. This tumor was totally resected through a frontobasal approach. Histological examination revealed an immature teratoma. This tumor occurred in a different site from the initial tumor and was considered to be de novo and thus a so-called metachronous germ cell tumor. Patients with completely resected mature teratoma require extended follow-up, including periodic magnetic resonance imaging, because of the risk of such a metachronous germ cell tumor.
- Germ cell tumor
- Pineal gland
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Clinical Neurology