A case of cystic lymphangioma arising from the parauterine tissue

J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 2023 Mar;49(3):1048-1051. doi: 10.1111/jog.15531. Epub 2022 Dec 29.


A 57-year-old woman, gravida 3, para 3, with no complaints visited our hospital for right-sided adnexal tumor found incidentally in cancer screening. She had no medical history, surgical history, or gynecological disease. Imaging studies showed a 5-cm lobular cystic tumor on the right side of uterus. We suspected right hydrosalpinx and decided to perform diagnostic laparoscopy. During laparoscopy, the right adnexa was found to be atrophic, and the tumor was located in the broad ligament. The tumor was observed to be a multilocular cyst containing yellow fluid that developed from the right parauterine tissue. The tumor was resected from the surrounding tissue. Histological examination revealed that the multilocular cyst contained a vascular component surrounding the lymphatic endothelium and was decided to be a cystic lymphangioma. The patient was followed up and there was no evidence of recurrence at postoperative 7 months. We experienced a very rare case of lymphangioma arising from the parauterine tissue. The laparoscopic approach can assist with both diagnosis and treatment.

Keywords: broad ligament; laparoscopic surgery; lymphangioma; parauterine tissue; retroperitoneum.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cysts*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy* / methods
  • Lymphangioma* / pathology
  • Lymphangioma, Cystic* / diagnosis
  • Lymphangioma, Cystic* / pathology
  • Lymphangioma, Cystic* / surgery
  • Middle Aged