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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2010 Sep;3(3):139-44. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.74488.

Cystic hygroma: an overview.

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Department of Pediatric Surgery, The Children's Hospital and The Institute of Child Health, Lahore, Pakistan.


Cystic hygromas are the cystic variety of lymphangioma, common locations being cervico-facial regions and axilla. Respiratory distress, recurrent infections or cosmetic reasons are the main indications of the treatment. The ideal treatment is complete surgical excision; however, there is a gradual conversion towards sclerosant therapy. This article reviews the current literature and discusses the various problems encountered during the management of these lesions.


Cystic hygroma; bleomycin; complications; surgical excision

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