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Treatment For Lymphangioma Circumscriptum
Yes: Lymphangiomas are benign, soft tissue tumors often affecting the head and neck area, causing marked cosmetic problems. Treatment includes surgery and various sclerotherapy agents. OK-432 is such an agent. An intracystic injection produces a local inflammatory reaction, which frequently leads to resolution of the lesion. OK-432 injections should be used as a first line of treatment. ...Read more
Not usually: Lymphangiomas contain no nerves, and thus the size and stretch caused by one does not cause pain. However, a large one overlying a body part that is needed a lot (eg, the eye) can be really annoying. More than anything, they are a cosmetic issue, and if they are hindering daily function or causing great distress, they can be surgically removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Enlargement: Lymphangiomas are a benign congenital tumor mostly of the head and neck in children. In some cases it occurs in the abdomen or pelvis and grows to an enormous size at which time it can be painful. Even in the skin of the head and neck at times the lesion has some mild tenderness. In the presence of lymphedema it is the Stewart Treves syndrome representing a lymphangiosarcoma. ...Read more
Depends on site: Lympangiomas which are benign lesions occur in many different places and sizes which defines treatment. Lymphatic malformation is the new terminology for what was formerly called “lymphangioma.” Some of the lesions are composed of multiple, grouped, small macroscopic vesicles filled with clear or serosanguineous fluid. Others appear as large soft subcutaneous tumors which can distort facial features . Bacterial infection may occur. The lymphangioma may occur as an isolated solitary lesion, or cover large areas. They are best handled by excision if feasible, or treated with sclerotherapy. ...Read more
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