Ovarian Mature Cystic Teratoma Containing Homunculus: A Case Report

Yong Ho Lee, Sung Gun Kim, Sung Hyuk Choi, In Sun Kim, Sun Haeng Kim

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We report a partial fetus-like structure (homunculus) in benign ovarian mature cystic teratoma removed from a 23-yr-old female. The cyst displayed various tissues derived from the three germ layers. The homunculus had a distinguished fetal cranial structure with one upper extremity. A partially developed osteocartilagenous skeleton was identified in the cranial structure of the homunculus. Intracranial structures such as cerebral cortex, retinal pigment, and leptomeninges were extruded from the partially disrupted calvarium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)905-907
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Dermoid cyst
  • Homunculus
  • Ovarian neoplasms
  • Teratoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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