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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 304  

Retroperitoneal mature cystic teratoma in a 3-month-old infant: A case report and literature review


Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

Date of Web Publication17-Oct-2019

Correspondence Address:
Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, PO Box 55302, Baghdad Post Office, Baghdad
Iraq
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DOI: 10.4103/ijmpo.ijmpo_34_18

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Retroperitoneal mature cystic teratoma in a 3-month-old infant: A case report and literature review. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol 2019;40:304

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Retroperitoneal mature cystic teratoma in a 3-month-old infant: A case report and literature review. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 18];40:304. Available from: http://www.ijmpo.org/text.asp?2019/40/2/304/269465



Sir,

I read the interesting case report by Tripathy et al. on the retroperitoneal mature cystic teratoma (RPMCT) in a 3-month-old Indian infant.[1] It is well-known that children with perinatal exposure to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are more vulnerable to various tumors compared to nonexposed counterparts.[2] To my knowledge, HIV infection is a worrisome health hazard in India. Although no recent data are yet present on the pediatric HIV seroprevalence, the available data pointed out to the substantial HIV seroprevalence rate of 1.03% among pregnant in India.[3] The HIV status of the mother of the studied infant was regrettably not determined. I presume that some form of vertical HIV transmission needed to be expected in the studied infant. Hence, contemplating the diagnostic battery of CD4 lymphocyte count and viral overload measurements was envisaged in the studied infant. If that diagnostic battery was conducted and it showed HIV infection, the case in question could be truly considered a novel case report in India. This is because HIV-associated RPMCT has never been reported in the pediatric literature so far.

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Tripathy PK, Pattnaik K, Jena PK, Mohanty HK. Retroperitoneal mature cystic teratoma in a 3-month-old infant: A case report and literature review. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol 2018;39:117-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Kest H, Brogly S, McSherry G, Dashefsky B, Oleske J, Seage GR 3rd, et al. Malignancy in perinatally human immunodeficiency virus-infected children in the United States. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2005;24:237-42.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Sibia P, Mohi MK, Kumar A. Seroprevalence of human immunodeficiency virus among antenatal women in one of the institute of Northern India. J Clin Diagn Res 2016;10:QC08-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
    




 

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