Cystic hygroma

Case contributed by Dr Arthur Daire

Presentation

Swelling on left side of the neck since birth. increase in size over the past one year.

Patient Data

Age: 2 years
Gender: Male
MRI

Large multicystic mass occupying almost the whole of the left cervical region, encasing the carotid sheath and displacing to the right  and significantly attenuating it.. The imaging findings are of a cystic hygroma (lymphangioma)

Case Discussion

This is an example of a large cystic hygroma which is  compromising the airway. Reference number 3 below discussed the potential airway compromise that cystic hygromas can cause.

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