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BMJ Case Rep. 2018 Jan 23;2018. pii: bcr-2017-222795. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2017-222795.

Doxycycline sclerotherapy for post-traumatic inguinal lymphocele in a child.

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1
Department of Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
2
Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
3
Section of Pediatric Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
4
Section of Pediatric Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Abstract

Lymphoceles are abnormal collections of lymphatic fluid caused by a disruption in the lymphatic channels and leakage of lymph. This most commonly occurs after surgical procedures, but occasionally lymphoceles may be the result of trauma, more commonly penetrating trauma. Lymphoceles resulting from blunt trauma are rare in both adults and children. In the adult population, there are few published case reports, and management principles vary. To date, there are no reports of traumatic lymphoceles in the paediatric population, and therefore there is no precedent for treatment. Here, we report the case of a young boy who developed an inguinal lymphocele from a bicycle handle bar injury which was successfully treated with doxycycline sclerotherapy.

KEYWORDS:

paediatric surgery; trauma

PMID:
29367372
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2017-222795

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