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J Pediatr Surg. 1995 Aug;30(8):1159-60.

Sclerosing of recurrent lymphangioma using OK-432.

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Dr Charles A. Janeway Child Health Centre, St John's, Newfoundland.


The authors present two cases of lymphangioma of the cervicofacial region, treated with a new investigational drug in North America, OK-432 (picibanil), a sclerosing agent intralesionally injected. Both patients had been treated surgically and had recurrence of the tumor. Intralesional injection of OK-432 without aspiration was employed for the first patient, and after aspiration in the second patient. A change in consistency of the tumor, manifested by softening, was followed by marked shrinkage. No complication either locally or systemically has occurred during the follow-up period (10 to 16 months). In both cases, satisfactory results were obtained, resulting in definite reduction in size and improvement in cosmetic appearance. The authors recommend OK-432 intralesional injection for surgically challenging lymphangioma. Their results support those of a recent Japanese study using OK-432 as sclerosing therapy for unresectable lymphangioma.

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