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Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Oct;44(5):380-2. doi: 10.5090/kjtcs.2011.44.5.380. Epub 2011 Oct 6.

Cavernous lymphangioma arising in the chest wall 19 years after excision of a cystic hygroma.

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Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Medicine, Konkuk University, Korea.


Lymphangioma is a congenital malformation of the lymphatic system and is thought to result from the failure of the lymphatic system to connect with the venous system. Lymphangioma of the chest wall is a very rare disease entity, and only a few cases have ever been documented in the literature. To the best of our knowledge, there have been few cases of recurrent cavernous lymphangioma after surgical excision of a cystic hygroma on the same side of the chest wall. Here, we report a case of a cavernous lymphangioma of the chest wall in a patient who had undergone surgical excision of a cystic hygroma 19 years earlier.


Cavernous lymphangioma; Chest wall tumor

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