Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The World Famous All Scrubbed Up: "What is THAT?" Competition #2 Part 2 - The Answer!


Easy one? Last time I saw one of these I was a student... They're nice and rare... but GREAT to look at!

(Yech! - Andy)

It's a teratoma!

Great definition from Wikipedia..

A teratoma is a type of neoplasm (specifically, a tumor). The word teratoma comes from Greek and means roughly "monstrous tumor". Definitive diagnosis of a teratoma is based on its histology: a teratoma is a tumor with tissue or organ components resembling normal derivatives of all three germ layers. Rarely, not all three germ layers are identifiable. The tissues of a teratoma, although normal in themselves, may be quite different from surrounding tissues, and may be highly inappropriate, even grotesque (hence the monstrous): teratomas have been reported to contain hair, teeth, bone and very rarely more complex organs such as eyeball, torso, and hand. Usually, however, a teratoma will contain no organs but rather one or more tissues normally found in organs such as the brain, thyroid, liver, and lung.

Next time you feel a lump in your groin (and it's helluva painful) - it's more likely to be a ovarian torsion or appendicitis than a teratoma. Don't fret! Teeth and hair are probably NOT growing inside your groin (for men - the pain would occur in your testes - and then NO, it's not appendicitis).

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CONGRATULAIONS to EVERYONE. You're all bloody funny!


emergencyemm said...

Is a dermoid cyst and a teratoma the same thing?

Bongi said...

no, emergencyemm, it is not a cyst. really it is not. unless of course bearded clams get cysts.

p.s a dermoid cyst are two vastly different things.

medigeek said...

hey, first time here, I think I'm going to like this blog!

I don't think appendicitis can be clearly felt as a lump, but when palpating it is helluva painful as you said ;) Moreover, appendix vermiformis and the RIGHT ovary are some centimeters apart from each other, aren't they?

SA Doc said...

I love the debate!!!! and Opium gets the noddy badge!! (and post if you want it).

And no it's definately not a dermoid cyst.

I will come up with another interesting and gross one soon. Maybe bongi can show off his creative/supernatural knowledge again!

Bongi said...

medigeek, both appendix mass and appendix abscess can be felt as a mass.