Cystic lymphangioma of the transverse colon: report of a case and review of the literature

Abdom Imaging. 1996 Sep-Oct;21(5):415-7. doi: 10.1007/s002619900094.


A 32-year-old Chinese man with cystic lymphangioma of the transverse colon is described. He presented with a 1-year history of altered bowel habits. Double-contrast barium enema study demonstrated a submucosal lesion in the midportion of the transverse colon with intact mucosa. Computed tomography (CT) showed a round 3.0-cm submucosal cystic mass lesion. Colonoscopy revealed a smooth, soft polypoid mass on a broad base. He underwent segmental resection of the colon. Histologically, the lesion was characterized by cystic lymphangioma originating from the submucosa. The clinical features, radiology, appropriate treatment, and possible pathogenesis of colonic lymphangioma are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Barium Sulfate
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Colonic Polyps / diagnosis
  • Colonic Polyps / diagnostic imaging
  • Colonoscopy
  • Contrast Media
  • Enema
  • Humans
  • Lymphangioma, Cystic / diagnosis*
  • Lymphangioma, Cystic / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Contrast Media
  • Barium Sulfate