Antepartum assessment of fetal cystic lymphangioma by magnetic resonance imaging

Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2002;53(4):237-9. doi: 10.1159/000064563.


Few reports of fetal cystic lymphangioma have described assessment in utero by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We evaluated a fetus with cystic lymphangioma by this method. Complementing the characteristic features of cystic lymphangioma in ultrasonographic images, prenatal MRI provided a detailed view of anatomic relationships of cysts to surrounding tissues in this case. This anatomic evaluation facilitated planning of perinatal management and choice of manner of delivery. We found MRI very helpful in antepartum assessment of fetal cystic lymphangioma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gestational Age
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Japan
  • Lymphangioma, Cystic / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Prenatal Diagnosis / methods*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity