Large swellings of the chest wall occur infrequently in infants and children. Regardless of whether the swelling has been present since birth with a gradual increase in size or makes a dramatic appearance with rapid growth in a short period, it is an alarming situation. For this reason and because cystic hygroma of the chest wall is unusual, I am reporting two cases operated on within a period of 15 months.
REPORT OF CASES
Case 1.—R. P., an 8-year-old boy, was referred by Dr. Irvin S. Belgrade on Jan. 7, 1953. He had a painless swelling over the right side of the chest since birth. The parents stated that the skin over the swelling became red in color for a short while around Christmas of 1953. After that the swelling doubled in size. The past history was not unusual. On physical examination, the only abnormal finding was this large raised
UDESKY HL. Cystic Hygroma of the Chest Wall. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(3):314-315. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110380008