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Giant cystic lymphangioma in childhood: a rare differential for the acute abdomen.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22693276     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cystic lymphangiomata are rare benign tumours of childhood resulting from an abnormal development of the lymphatic system, most commonly arising in the head and axillary region. We report a case of haemorrhagic intra-abdominal cystic lymphangiomata presenting as an acute abdomen. A 5-year-old girl was admitted with low-grade fever, generalised abdominal pain and elevated inflammatory markers, and a clinical diagnosis of acute appendicitis was made. At operation, two large fluid-filled haemorrhagic cystic lesions were found to occupy most of the abdominal cavity. The lesions were completely excised and histological examination identified them as cystic lymphangiomata. This case report and literature review highlights aspects of the presentation which might have resulted in a preoperative diagnosis, which is seldom achieved.
Sabrina Talukdar; Swethan Alagaratnam; Ashish Sinha; Christopher Charles Thorn; Colin Elton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2011-07-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ case reports     Volume:  2011     ISSN:  1757-790X     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ Case Rep     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-13     Completed Date:  2013-04-29     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526291     Medline TA:  BMJ Case Rep     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of General Surgery, Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Abdomen, Acute / diagnosis*
Child, Preschool
Diagnosis, Differential
Lymphangioma, Cystic / diagnosis*
Retroperitoneal Neoplasms / diagnosis*

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