Clinical Aspects of Intraabdominal Cystic Lymphangioma in Korea

Department of Internal Medicine, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
The Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi 12/2010; 56(6):353-8. DOI: 10.4166/kjg.2010.56.6.353
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cystic lymphangioma is an uncommon disease, and rarely develops in the intraabdomen. The aim of this article was to discuss about clinical characteristics of intraabdominal cystic lymphangioma developed in Korea.
age, sex, symptoms, locations and size of the lesions, diagnostic methods, treatments, complications and recurrence were analyzed in 13 pathologically confirmed cases of intraabdominal cystic lymphangioma and 18 cases of literature consideration reported in Korea.
intraabdominal cystic lymphangioma commonly developed in adults compared to the other lymphangioma, and frequently located in the mesentery. Abdominal pain was the most common symptom, but it was a non-specific finding. Tenderness and abdominal mass were not significantly associated. The size of mass was diverse. Abdominal ultrasonography and abdominal CT were diagnostic tools most commonly used, but preoperative diagnosis was possible only in 22.6%. All patients were discharged without any complications, and no recurrence was reported.
preoperative diagnosis of intraabdominal cystic lymphangioma is difficult and symptoms and signs are not specific. Intraabdominal cystic lymphangioma should be suspected in patients with non specific abdominal pain and intraabdominal mass and active diagnostic evaluation is mandatory.

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