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Lymphatic Malformation or Lymphangioma

 

Lymphatic vessels are the small canals that move fluid from body tissues to the lymph nodes and back the bloodstream. Sometimes these tiny tubes can fill with lymphatic fluid and form a lump or cyst called a lymphatic malformation or lymphangioma.

Diagnosis

Lymphatic malformations or cysts often form prior to birth and may be discovered by fetal ultrasound during pregnancy. They are often seen in the neck and armpit, but they can appear in any part of the body.

The severity of lymphatic malformations can vary widely. Sometimes they cause no harm to your child. More severe malformations may cause organ dysfunction, difficultly breathing, or swallowing or problems with appearance. Doctors will watch and measure the size of these masses to protect your baby’s health.


Last Edited: December 2, 2016
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