II. Pathophysiology

  1. Congenital lymphatic malformation
    1. Lymphatic vessel fails to connect and drain
    2. Results in large multiloculated cyst
  2. Distribution
    1. Neck (60%)
    2. Other locations
      1. Chest Wall
      2. Mediastinum
      3. Axilla
    3. Rare locations
      1. Inguinal region
      2. Retroperitoneal region

III. Associated Conditions

  1. Turner's Syndrome
  2. Noonan's Syndrome
  3. Down Syndrome

IV. Symptoms

  1. Initial
    1. Asymptomatic
    2. Painless lesion unless infected or bleeding
  2. Progression: Continues to increases in size
    1. 90% symptomatic by age 2 years

V. Signs

  1. Fluctuant mass usually in neck
  2. Mass transilluminates

VI. Complications

  1. Infection
  2. Bleeding
  3. Airway compromise (due to compression)

VII. Differential Diagnosis

VIII. Management

  1. Deliver where NICU available if diagnosed prenatally
    1. Risk of airway compromise
  2. Surgical excision

IX. Prognosis

  1. Recurrence rate after surgical excision: 10-15%

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Japanese 水滑性嚢腫, ノウホウセイリンパカンシュ, ノウホウセイヒグローマ, スイカツセイノウシュ, リンパ管腫-嚢胞性, 嚢腫性リンパ管腫, のう胞性リンパ管腫, ヒグローマ, 嚢胞性ヒグローマ, 嚢胞性リンパ管腫, ヒグローマ-嚢胞性
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Czech lymfangiom cystický, Cystický lymfangiom, Hygroma cysticum, Cystický hygrom
Finnish Imusuonirakko
French HYGROMA KYSTIQUE, Hygrome kystique, Lymphangiome kystique, Hygroma kystique
Italian Igroma cistico, Igroma, Linfangioma cistico
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Hungarian Hygroma cystikus, Cystikus lymphangioma, Cystikus hygroma
Norwegian Cystisk hygrom, Cystisk lymfangiom