Lymphangioma circumscriptum of the vulva: Case report and review of the literature

Alfred Abu-Hamad, Diane Provencher, Parvin Ganjei, Manuel Penalver

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Lymphangioma circumscriptum is a benign disorder of lymphatic channels. The pathology consists of a collection of subcutaneous lymphatic cisterns communicating through dilated channels with superficial clusters of vesicles. The most common symptom is recurrent oozing of clear fluid. Management consists of wide excision, assuring free lateral and deep margins by frozen-section analysis. Involved margins have been shown to increase the recurrence rate. Laser vaporization has been used recently with relatively good results. The etiology of this lesion is unclear; however, lymphatic obstruction has been suggested as a possible cause of occasional cases. Two cases of vulvar lymphangioma circumscriptum have been reported previously in the literature, both arising in elderly women after radiation therapy for squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix. We present the third case, arising in a 42-year-old woman with no previous surgery or radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-499
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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