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