Cystic Hygromas, Included

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Basic synonyms

  • cavernous lymphangioma
  • cystic hygroma
  • cystic lymphangioma
  • lymphangioma circumscriptum
  • lymphangioma
  • lymphangiomatosis
  • macrocystic lymphatic malformation
  • microcystic lymphatic malformation

Problem Communities

  • None

General Discussion
Lymphatic malformations are unusual non-malignant masses containing fluid-filled networks or rooms believed to be caused by the abnormal advancement of the lymphatic system. These malformations are normally obvious at birth or by two years of age. Lymphatic malformations could affect any sort of area of the body (other than the human brain), but a lot of frequently affect the head and neck. When evident at birth (congenital), lymphatic malformations have the tendency to be soft, mushy, non-tender masses. The certain signs and also severity of lymphatic malformations varies based after the dimension and certain location of the malformation. Some lymphatic malformations could be large. Lymphatic malformations despite dimension can potentially create useful disability of neighboring structures or organs and disfigurement of affected locations.

The lymphatic system functions as part of the immune system and assists to shield the physical body against infection and also disease. It includes a network of tubular channels (lymph vessels) that transport a slim watery fluid known as lymph from different locations of the physical body right into the blood stream. Lymph builds up between tissue cells and also has proteins, fats, as well as certain leukocyte referred to as lymphocytes. As lymph moves via the lymphatic system, it goes through a network of lymph nodes that assist the physical body to deactivate sources of infection (e.g., infections, germs, and so on) and also swelling (e.g. antigens). Groups of lymph nodes are located throughout the body, including in the neck, under the arms (axillae), at the elbow joints, as well as in the chest, abdomen, and groin. The lymphatic system includes the spleen, which filters damaged red blood cells and makes lymphocytes, as well as bone marrow, which is the mushy tissue inside the cavities of bones that makes blood cells.

Several various terms were once used to explain conditions currently grouped under the umbrella term “lymphatic malformations”. Such terms include cystic hygroma, lymphangioma, spacious lymphangioma, cystic lymphangioma, and lymphangioma circumscriptum. These terms have been left since several of the out-of-date terms indicate a relationship to cancer cells. Lymphatic malformations are not malignant and there is no known risk of malignant change.

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