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Doctors Operate to Remove Tumor Growing at the Mouth of Fetus

by Kathy Jones on  June 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
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Doctors at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida have successfully operated to remove a rare tumor called an oral teratoma in a developing fetus.
 Doctors Operate to Remove Tumor Growing at the Mouth of Fetus
Doctors Operate to Remove Tumor Growing at the Mouth of Fetus

Mother Tammy Gonzalez said that she was able to see a bubble coming out of her baby's mouth during a scan that she underwent at 17 weeks. Doctors informed her that the bubble was a rare tumor and the chances of her baby surviving were minimal.

However, they decided to operate while the baby was still in the uterus. Mrs Gonzalez underwent a procedure under a local anesthetic where the doctors pushed a needle through the protective amniotic sac that surrounds the fetus. Thereafter the tumor was cut off with a laser.

"When they finally severed the whole thing off and I could see it floating down, it was like this huge weight had been lifted off me and I could finally see her face," Tammy told reporters at a press conference.

The case has been described in the current issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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