ADOPTION EVENTS

  1. Special Needs in Children

    1. Blood Conditions

      1. Blood Disorder
      2. Hemophilia
      3. Hepatitis B Positive
      4. Hepatitis C
      5. HIV Positive
      6. Lead Exposure
      7. Lymphedema
      8. Sickle Cell Anemia
      9. Thalassemia
    2. Chromosome Disorders

      1. Cystic Fibrosis
      2. Down Syndrome
      3. Genetic Syndrome
      4. PKU
      5. Teratoma
      6. Turner Syndrome
    3. Congenital Heart Defects

      1. Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
      2. Heart Defect
      3. Tetralogy of Fallot
    4. Craniofacial Conditions

      1. Apert Syndrome
      2. Cleft lip or palate
      3. Hemifacial Microsomia
    5. Developmental Needs

      1. Apraxia of Speech and Muteness
      2. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD's)
      3. Cognitive Delays
      4. Failure to Thrive
      5. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
      6. Growth Delay
      7. Motor Delays
      8. Premature Birth
      9. Psychomotor Development Retardation (PDR)
      10. Speech Delay
    6. Digestive System Conditions

      1. Hernia
      2. Megacolon
    7. Hearing

      1. Deaf
      2. Hearing Impairment
      3. Microtia and Atresia
    8. Neurological Conditions

      1. Cerebral Palsy
      2. Dyskinesia
      3. Epilepsy
      4. Hydrocephalus
      5. Microcephaly
      6. Seizure Disorder/ Epilepsy
    9. Orthopedic Conditions

      1. Amniotic Band Syndrome / Missing Limbs
      2. Arthrogryposis
      3. Brachial Plexus Injury
      4. Club foot
      5. Digit Difference
      6. Dwarfism
      7. Flexion Deformity
      8. Funnel Chest / Pigeon Breast
      9. Limb Differences
      10. Osteogenesis Imperfecta
      11. Radial Club
      12. Rickets
      13. Scoliosis
      14. Spina Bifida
      15. Torticollis
      16. Wheelchair Dependent
      17. Wheelchair Dependent
    10. Skin Conditions

      1. Albinism
      2. Burns
      3. Congenital Blue Nevus
      4. Congenital Nevi
      5. Eczema
      6. Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)
      7. Ichthyosis
      8. Port Wine Stains
    11. Urogenital Conditions

      1. Ambiguous Genitalia
      2. Anal Atresia / Imperforate Anus
      3. Hypospadias
      4. Incontinence
      5. Kidney Issues
    12. Vision

      1. Blind
      2. Cataracts
      3. Lazy Eye / Amyblyopia
      4. Missing Eye
      5. Nystagmus
      6. Ptosis
      7. Strabismus
      8. Visual Impairment

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Teratoma

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Facts About Teratoma

A teratoma is a congenital (present at birth) tumor. This tumor contains three layers of tissue and can contain teeth, hair, eyes, and/or bones. Because of these common findings and the fact that teratomas form in the embryonic stage, there is a myth that these tumors are an embryo themselves or a twin, but that is false. Even though all teratomas are congenital, some are not discovered until later in life. This is true for particularly small teratomas. They can form on any area of the body but are most commonly found at the base of the coccyx (tailbone), on the ovaries of girls, and the testes of boys. Most teratomas are benign, but some can be malignant. Benign teratomas grow aggressively, but do not spread; whereas malignant ones both grow aggressively and can spread to other parts of the body. 

Teratoma Challenges

Teratomas, even ones deemed benign, do come with a increased chance of reoccurrence of malignant tumors. The finding of a malignant teratoma increase this chance even more. Challenges also arise if the teratoma is located in a inaccessible location or one that causes pressure to be placed on a vital organ or the nervous system. 

Teratoma Treatment

  • The most common treatment is surgery, followed by radiation therapy to insure that all tumor cells are killed.
  • Children can recover completely from teratomas, especially if the tumors are benign
  • Teratomas that are unable to surgically be removed, or are very complex, or are likely to be malignant (due to late discovery and/or treatment) sometimes are treated first with chemotherapy

Teratoma Prognosis

Although often benign, any teratoma have the potential to be malignant. Therefore adequate follow up requires close observation, repeated physical examination, scanning (MRI, CT, or ultrasound, and blood tests). 


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