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Cystic lymphangioma in adults: can trauma be the trigger?


Cystic lymphangioma is a rare congenital anomaly of the lymphatic system. Most lesions present in infancy or early childhood with a swelling in the head and neck region. We report the case of a lady who presented with a cystic swelling in the suprascapular region that appeared after a fall on outstretched hands. Repeated aspiration and depomedrone injection failed to prevent recurrence. Surgical excision achieved complete removal, and histology showed the lesion as cystic lymphangioma, a rare condition to appear on the shoulder in an adult after trauma.

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Aneeshkumar, M.K., Kale, S., Kabbani, M. et al. Cystic lymphangioma in adults: can trauma be the trigger?. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 262, 335–337 (2005).

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  • Cystic lymphangioma
  • Suprascapular bursa
  • Trauma