Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 129–130

CT differentiation of large abdominal lymphangioma from ascites

  • C. H. Lugo-Olivieri
  • G. A. Taylor

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. H. Lugo-Olivieri
    • 3
  • G. A. Taylor
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Russell H. Morgan Department of RadiologyThe Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsThe Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.The Ponce School of MedicinePonceUSA
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyThe Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA