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Dis Colon Rectum. 1997 Mar;40(3):366-9.

Presentation and management of lymphatic cyst of the colon: report of a case.

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  • 1Division of Gastroenterology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Missouri, USA.



We report a case of lymphatic cyst of the colon in a 43-year-old white female previously treated with chemotherapy for a B cell lymphoma.


Radiographic, endoscopic, and pathologic evaluation of the cyst is presented. Surgical resection of this lesion was undertaken because of the size of the lesion, risk of obstruction, and history of an underlying malignancy. A recent review of the literature in relation to clinical symptoms, signs, diagnosis, and treatment of lymphatic cysts is presented.


Lymphatic cysts of the colon are benign submucosal lesions that are being recognized with increasing frequency. Treatment options include endoscopic polypectomy for lesions smaller than 2 cm and surgical resection for larger lesions if there is a threat of obstruction or question of an underlying colorectal malignancy.

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