Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 129–130

CT differentiation of large abdominal lymphangioma from ascites


  • C. H. Lugo-Olivieri
    • The Ponce School of Medicine
  • G. A. Taylor
    • Russell H. Morgan Department of RadiologyThe Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
    • Department of PediatricsThe Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

DOI: 10.1007/BF02012405

Cite this article as:
Lugo-Olivieri, C.H. & Taylor, G.A. Pediatr Radiol (1993) 23: 129. doi:10.1007/BF02012405


Abdominal lymphangiomas are uncommon benign tumors, usually presenting in early childhood as a palpable abdominal mass5. Their sonographic and CT appearance has been well described, and usually consists of well-defined, thin-walled cysts which can be unilocular, or multiloculated, and may contain septations. Rarely, these cysts may be large enough to be confused with ascites on physical exam. We present such a case to emphasize the imaging features that may help in the differentiation between ascites and large mesenteric lymphangiomas.

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