Cystic hygroma: an overview

J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2010 Sep;3(3):139-44. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.74488.


Cystic hygromas are the cystic variety of lymphangioma, common locations being cervico-facial regions and axilla. Respiratory distress, recurrent infections or cosmetic reasons are the main indications of the treatment. The ideal treatment is complete surgical excision; however, there is a gradual conversion towards sclerosant therapy. This article reviews the current literature and discusses the various problems encountered during the management of these lesions.

Keywords: Cystic hygroma; bleomycin; complications; surgical excision.