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Dr. Arnold Friedman
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Cystic Hygroma (Overview)

Cystic hygroma is a condition in which a person has a mass of lymphatic channels, abnormally formed, usually in the neck region.


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What kind of condition is a cystic hygroma?

What kind of condition is a cystic hygroma?

Developmental: Cystic hygromas are developmental anomalies of the lymphatics. These are generally seen in children and become large and affect nearby organs, even though the lesions themselves are benign. These are often present in the neck, back and chest. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Friedman
29 doctors shared insights

Cystic Hygroma (Overview)

Cystic hygroma is a condition in which a person has a mass of lymphatic channels, abnormally formed, usually in the neck region.


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What are the symptoms of cystic hygroma?

What are the symptoms of cystic hygroma?

It depends.: Many cases of this are found in utero, or after birth, so often there are no symptoms, just the sign of a swelling in the neck by the posterior triangle at or after birth. Some can be large and can affect breathing and swallowing. They can resolve, but if they are large, they need to be drained. In any case, these patients need to be in a neonatal center capable of monitoring and treating them. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cystic hygroma?

? Tests ?: The cystic hygroma is usually suspected due to size, location & characteristics. Laboratory examination of the excised mass confirms the initial assessment. ...Read more

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Baby had no heartbeat on 9 weeks 2 days after a detailed scan in hospital - cystic hygroma. What are the causes that lead to this ?

So sorry!: I'm sorry for your loss. The two most common causes of cystic hygromas are chromosome defects (like turner syndrome, down syndrome) and complex fetal heart defects. ...Read more

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Does a cystic hygroma mean retardation for the baby if it is born>?

Does a cystic hygroma mean retardation for the baby if it is born>?

Not necessarily: Cystic hygroma is a congenital condition that can have a wide range of consequences. These are mainly anatomic and can be mild to severe. Can be surgically resolved but they can be severe and require significant intervention and may recur later. It can be associated with other syndromes that have more significant problems ie. Turners syndrome but not necessarily. Genetic counseling is recommended. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cystic hygroma?

Excision if desired: The cystic hygroma is usually suspected due to size, location & characteristics. Laboratory examination of the excised mass confirms the initial assessment. Small defects may be left alone if desired. Many larger defects can interfere with general functions & should be removed. ...Read more

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What is the cure for cystic hygroma?

What is the cure for cystic hygroma?

No cure per se.: Cystic hygroma (ch) is typically seen around 12-22 weeks in fetuses with turner/down syndrome, or severe cardiac/skeletal anomalies. It's a marker of disorders and not a problem in and of itself. As such, no specific treatment is warranted in utero. It may lead to a pregnancy loss or completely resolve. Rare newborns have persistent ch and merit consultation with plastic surgery; tincture of time! ...Read more

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What kind of condition is a cystic hygroma?

Developmental: Cystic hygromas are developmental anomalies of the lymphatics. These are generally seen in children and become large and affect nearby organs, even though the lesions themselves are benign. These are often present in the neck, back and chest. ...Read more

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13 week scan showed cystic hygroma, no advice about size? What are my options now?

Further tests: First, confirm that it is a hygroma. If confirmed, you will need chromosome testing for the baby as 1/2 will have chromosome abnormalities like trisomy 21. A thorough us anatomy scan is important as 1/3 of babies with hygromas will have other physical defects like cardiac. You may want to see a perinatologist but talk to your OB for aplan. ...Read more

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