Germ cell tumors

Part of the Current Histopathology book series (CUHI, volume 22)


The incidence of germ cell neoplasms in children and adolescents is difficult to estimate from epidemiological data1. Females are mostly affected, but this is mainly due to the frequency of ovarian involvement2. The histogenesis of germ cell tumours remains controversial and theories include derivation from totipotent germ cells, origin from yolk sac and totipotent embryonic cells, and 'fetus-infetu' 3.


Germ Cell Embryonal Carcinoma Immature Teratoma Ovarian Teratoma Sacrococcygeal Teratoma 
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© S. Variend 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistopathologySheffield Children’s HospitalSheffieldUK

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