BMJ Case Reports 2018; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-223145
  • Rare disease

Malignant rhabdoid tumour of the neck in a neonate

  1. Manish Kumar1
  1. 1Department of Neonatology, Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Manish Kumar, maneeshdr{at}
  • Accepted 14 March 2018
  • Published 13 April 2018


Fetal neck masses are rare, and present a challenge antenatally, during delivery and in making a diagnosis. In this report, we detail the presentation of a neonate with a neck mass diagnosed in the third trimester. The baby was delivered by ex utero intrapartum therapy (EXIT). Investigations sent included an MRI with limited CT cuts, and a biopsy, which lead to the diagnosis of a malignant rhabdoid tumour. This is rare and the overall survival is low.


  • Contributors All four authors contributed to the conception and design and reviewed the draft of the article and revised it critically. MT was responsible for reporting the case, planning the layout of the paper and analysis and revision of the paper. BJR and MK were responsible for the idea, revision of the paper and for proofreading. MTM provided the histopathology photomicrographs and the interpretation of same provided in the report. All four authors are guarantors of the paper. All are in agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

  • Funding The authors have not declared any specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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