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March 1955

Cystic Hygroma of the Chest Wall

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Illinois Masonic Hospital, and the Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(3):314-315. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110380008

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