ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Various anatomic localizations of cystic hygroma: a retrospective analysis of 16 cases
Erkan Akar1, Taşkın Erkinüresin2
1Departments of Thoracic Surgery, Bursa Yüksek İhtisas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey
sup>2Departments of Pathology, Bursa Yüksek İhtisas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2017.13439
Background: This study aims to report the results of cystic hygroma operations performed in our clinic.

Methods: Medical records of 16 patients ( 7 males, 9 females; mean age 39.9±17.5 years; range 11 to 69 years) operated for cystic hygroma in our clinic between January 2011 and December 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Data including age and gender of the patients, anatomic localization of the lesion, length of hospital stay, postoperative complications, and mortality and morbidity rates were recorded.

Results: The most common symptoms were soft tissue swelling, pain, and cough. The most common anatomical localization was cervical region (n=8, 50%), followed by axillary region (n=3, 18.8%), mediastinal region (n=3, 18.8%), and thoracic wall (n=2, 12.5%). Five patients experienced minor complications.

Conclusion: Although common in childhood, cystic hygroma may also affect adults and occur in various anatomic localizations. Cystic hygroma should be considered in case of soft fluctuating masses or asymptomatic cervicomediastinal lesions. Surgery is the primary management approach, and when a cyst is not totally excised, there is a high risk of recurrence.

Keywords : Adult; cystic hygroma; surgery
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