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Clinical Note
February 2002

Management of a Giant Lymphatic Malformation of the Tongue

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology and Communication Disorders (Drs Rowley and Rahbar), Pathology (Dr Perez-Atayde), and Radiology (Dr Burrows), Children's Hospital, and the Department of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School (Drs Rowley and Rahbar), Boston, Mass.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002;128(2):190-194. doi:10.1001/archotol.128.2.190

Lymphatic malformations can occur anywhere in the head and neck, and when they do so in the oral cavity, they can present a potential hazard to the airway. We describe a 4-year-old girl with a giant lymphatic malformation of the tongue and neck. This report illustrates the particular difficulties that may be encountered in cases involving giant lymphatic malformations of the cervicofacial region in the pediatric population. An overview of the etiology, diagnosis, histology, and options for the management of such lesions is outlined.