Abdominal Lymphangiomas in Adults

J. Geoff Allen, Taylor Sohn Riall, John L. Cameron, Frederic B. Askin, Ralph H. Hruban, Kurt A. Campbell

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Abstract

Abdominal lymphangiomas are rare benign cystic tumors that can become locally invasive and often require resection. They arise in all ages and have a variable presentation. We performed a retrospective review of a single institution surgical experience with this lesion in adults. The pathology prospective database was reviewed to identify patients with surgically resected abdominal lymphangiomas from January 1986 to May 2004. Retrospective review and follow-up was performed for each patient. The six patients with abdominal lymphangiomas ranged in age from 38 to 66 years. They presented with a variety of signs and symptoms. All underwent CT scan that demonstrated a cystic lesion, but in only one third was the diagnosis made preoperatively. Tumors were located in the retroperitoneum, small bowel mesentery, liver, and pancreas. Five of the six tumors were completely resected. Two of the six required resection of adjacent or involved organs. Follow-up ranged between 6 months and 18 years. All had symptomatic relief after resection, and no patient showed evidence of recurrence in this time period. Abdominal lymphangiomas are rare. The correct diagnosis often remains elusive until tissue is obtained. The treatment of choice is complete surgical resection. When completely resected, these lesions seem not to recur, and the overall prognosis is excellent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)746-751
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Lymphangioma
Neoplasms
Mesentery
Signs and Symptoms
Pancreas
Databases
Pathology
Recurrence
Liver
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • cystic
  • intra-abdominal
  • Lymphangioma
  • resection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Allen, J. G., Riall, T. S., Cameron, J. L., Askin, F. B., Hruban, R. H., & Campbell, K. A. (2006). Abdominal Lymphangiomas in Adults. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, 10(5), 746-751. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gassur.2005.10.015

Abdominal Lymphangiomas in Adults. / Allen, J. Geoff; Riall, Taylor Sohn; Cameron, John L.; Askin, Frederic B.; Hruban, Ralph H.; Campbell, Kurt A.

In: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Vol. 10, No. 5, 05.2006, p. 746-751.

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Allen, JG, Riall, TS, Cameron, JL, Askin, FB, Hruban, RH & Campbell, KA 2006, 'Abdominal Lymphangiomas in Adults', Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 746-751. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gassur.2005.10.015
Allen JG, Riall TS, Cameron JL, Askin FB, Hruban RH, Campbell KA. Abdominal Lymphangiomas in Adults. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 2006 May;10(5):746-751. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gassur.2005.10.015
Allen, J. Geoff ; Riall, Taylor Sohn ; Cameron, John L. ; Askin, Frederic B. ; Hruban, Ralph H. ; Campbell, Kurt A. / Abdominal Lymphangiomas in Adults. In: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 2006 ; Vol. 10, No. 5. pp. 746-751.
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