Research Article| Volume 49, ISSUE 4, P534-539, April 1961

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The vascular anatomy of sacrococcygeal teratomas: its significance in surgical management

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      The reported deaths after the removal of sacrococcygeal teratomas have been largely due to hemorrhage and recurrent malignancies. Present techniques for the surgical excision of these tumors do not adequately emphasize the importance of the vascular anatomy of sacrococcygeal teratomas, as has been demonstrated in 2 cases reported. These anatomic studies suggest that excessive blood loss and contamination of the blood stream by cancer cells can be avoided by ligation of the middle sacral artery and vein prior to the mobilization and removal of these tumors.
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