Ovary tumor
Germ cell tumors

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PubMed Search: Polyembryoma ovarian
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Definition / general
  • Embryonal carcinoma composed primarily of embryoid bodies
  • Embryoid body has amniotic cavity-like structure and is continuous with intestinal duct, and rarely has squamous cell nests, while "yolk sac" is continuous with hepatic tissue
  • Embryoid body is not considered to be a real or teratomatous embryo, but a product of divergent differentiation into intestine and liver from the plastic epithelium, which seems to be derived from embryonic gut (Hum Pathol 1988;19:1144)
  • Microscopic (histologic) images

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    Several embryoid bodies in
    different stages of development

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    Mixed germ cell tumor: polyembryoma pattern