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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66-68

Laparoscopic excision of a large retroperitoneal lymphovascular malformation in an adult

Department of Surgery, MGM Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

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Mohit M Agrawal
Department of Surgery, MGM Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.181773

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Retroperitoneal lymphangioma is a rare benign tumour of the retroperitoneal lymphatics that usually manifests in infancy. It is worth reporting of an unexpected presentation, especially in an adult. They frequently affect the neck (75%) and the axilla (20%). Intra-abdominal lymphangiomas (<5%) have been reported in the mesentery, gastrointestinal tract, spleen, liver and pancreas. Retroperitoneal lymphangiomas account for nearly 1% of all lymphangiomas and are uncommon incidental findings usually at surgery, autopsy or lymphography. Differentiating cystic lymphangiomas from other cystic growths by imaging studies alone is often inconclusive, and surgery is frequently required for definitive diagnosis. An interesting and rare case of a retroperitoneal lymphangioma in an adult patient which was removed laparoscopically is described here.


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