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August 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Presbyterian Hospital and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(2):193-198. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100195005

ALTHOUGH cystic hygroma of the neck is not a common lesion, the occurrence of a similar tumor in the thigh is still much more infrequent. In a 5-year-old child, we encountered a swelling of the upper leg with the characteristics of a cystic lymphangioma. This case is of further interest because the patient was observed from the age of 5 to 13 years, when a third operation was indicated to remove residual tumor.

REPORT OF A CASE  R. P., a 5-year-old boy, was first admitted to the Presbyterian Hospital on June 21, 1945, for surgical excision of a mass of the right lower extremity. The mother stated that this tumor had been present since birth and that it had varied in size and consistency, on some occasions being soft, while at other times there was marked distention of the thigh in the region of the swelling. There was purplish-blue discoloration

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