Original article | Volume 26, Article 33, 23 Jan 2017 | 10.11604/pamj.2017.26.33.11579

Cystic lymphangioma in a 44-year-old woman

Moncef Sellami, Abdelmonem Ghorbel

Corresponding author: Moncef Sellami, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Habib Bourguiba University Hospital, Sfax, Tunisia

Received: 05 Jan 2017 - Accepted: 16 Jan 2017 - Published: 23 Jan 2017

Domain: Otolaryngology (ENT)

Keywords: Cystic lymphangioma, head and neck, surgical treatment

©Moncef Sellami et al. Pan African Medical Journal (ISSN: 1937-8688). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Cite this article: Moncef Sellami et al. Cystic lymphangioma in a 44-year-old woman. Pan African Medical Journal. 2017;26:33. [doi: 10.11604/pamj.2017.26.33.11579]

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Cystic lymphangioma in a 44-year-old woman

Cystic lymphangioma in a 44-year-old woman

Moncef Sellami1,&, Abdelmonem Ghorbel1

 

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Habib Bourguiba University Hospital, Sfax, Tunisia

 

 

&Corresponding author
Moncef Sellami, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Habib Bourguiba University Hospital, Sfax, Tunisia

 

 

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Cystic lymphangioma is a congenital malformation of the lymphatic system.This condition is usually observed among children and very rarely among adults. The aetiology in adults is likely due to delayed proliferation of cell rests due to physical injury or infection.Clinically, cystic lymphangioma is asymptomatic in adults. Treatment is generally surgical, although other methods, such as aspiration, radiation and sclerotherapy have been used. We report a case of a 44-year-old woman presented with one-year history of slowly enlarging cervical swelling at the right side of the neck. The patient had no medical problems or history of trauma to the neck. Examination showed a 4 cm smooth, soft swelling of right supraclavicular fossa. Moreover, there was no erythema or tenderness on palpation. The general examination revealed normal findings. Computed tomography (CT) showed a supraclavicular cyst-like structure of 5󫢫 cm. The patient was operated through an external approach and a complete cyst excision was achieved without complications. Histopathological examination was consistent with the diagnosis of cystic lymphangioma. The patient made an uneventful recovery with no recurrence noted one year after the surgery.

 

 

Figure 1: A) right supraclavicular mass on examination (arrow); (B) CT scan of the neck, showing a well-defined supraclavicular cystic mass (arrow); (C) intra-operatively the mass appeared fluid filled and lobulated; (D) excision of the cystic mass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cystic lymphangioma in a 44-year-old woman

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Cystic lymphangioma in a 44-year-old woman

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Cystic lymphangioma in a 44-year-old woman

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