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April 1955

Weeping of Lymph Through Unbroken Skin

Author Affiliations

New York

From the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(4):486-487. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540280062015

The weeping of lymph through unbroken skin is a rare and curious anomaly, unmentioned in Gould and Pyle's book or in any texts I consulted. Oughterson and Tennant excised a subcutaneous lymphangioma, 6 in. (15.2 cm.) in diameter, together with the overlying skin, in a boy of 14. It was located on the medial side of the left thigh, the level not being given. When he was 4 years old, he was afflicted with poliomyelitis, and during his hospital stay a swelling was found in the thigh and was incised under the mistaken notion that it was an abscess. The operative scar became keloidal, and, when it broke down, a large quantity of clear fluid drained forth. At operation, the doughy tumor, whose borders were indistinct, seemed so much like fat that it could be told from fat only by its fibrous texture. The mass reached the deep