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Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2010 Nov;101(9):792-7.

[Acquired progressive lymphangioma (benign lymphangioendothelioma)].

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Servicio de Dermatología, Instituto Valenciano de Oncología, Valencia, España.


Acquired progressive lymphangioma is a rare vascular tumor with a locally aggressive behavior. Histologically it is characterized by a proliferation of numerous, dilated, thin-walled vessels lined by flat endothelial cells with no nuclear atypia. The vessels appear to dissect between the collagen fibers. It usually presents as an asymptomatic, slow-growing, reddish-brown plaque. We present the case of a 32-year-old man with acquired progressive lymphangioma. The tumor was in the hypogastric region and had arisen on a congenital vascular lesion previously diagnosed as multifocal cutaneous angiomatosis. It was very painful and impeded walking, for which reason it was decided to perform excision. Dermatologists and pathologists must be aware of acquired progressive lymphangioma as early surgical treatment, while the lesion is still small, is curative and prevents subsequent complications due to growth.

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