Title

Laparoscopic resection of a retroperitoneal cystic lymphangioma in an adult

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-1-2010

Journal

Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques

Volume

20

Issue

3

DOI

10.1097/SLE.0b013e3181db79a7

Keywords

Cyst; Laparoscopy; Lmphangioma; Retroperitoneum

Abstract

Cystic lymphangiomas are rare, benign anomalies of the lymphatic system. More than 95% of cystic lymphangiomas occur in the head, neck, and axilla with only 1% in the retroperitoneum. Most of these cases are diagnosed by the second year of life with only a handful of adult cases. Once a symptomatic cystic lesion of the abdomen or retroperitoneum is diagnosed, treatment usually consists of surgical excision. Traditionally, surgery requires a laparotomy. This paper describes a patient with a retroperitoneal cyst who underwent a successful laparoscopic resection. The etiology and management of adult retroperitoneal cysts are reviewed as well. Copyright © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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