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Case Report
A Rare Cause of Fetal Neck Mass: Cervical Lymphangioma
Hicran Acar1, Işıl Turan Bakırcı1, Basak Baksu1, Orkun Cetin2, Mertihan Kurdoglu3
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zeynep Kamil Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yıl University, Van, Turkey
3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

IJWHR 2016; 4: 042-044
DOI: 10.15296/ijwhr.2016.10
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Keywords : Differential diagnosis, Fetal, Differential diagnosis, Lymphangioma
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Introduction: Fetal neck masses are rare. In general, cystic hygroma is the most frequent form of fetal neck masses. It is essential to differentiate between different pathologies since this will affect prenatal counselling, antenatal and postnatal management. We aimed to present a case of cervical lymphangioma who was referred to our perinatology outpatient clinic with a diagnosis of an occipital encephalocele.

Case Presentation: A 26-year-old nulliparous woman was referred to our perinatology clinic at 38 weeks? gestation with an ultrasound diagnosis of occipital encephalocele so that postnatal surgery could be planned at our hospital. During obstetric ultrasonography examination, we identified a 4.7×4.5 cm, multiloculated cystic mass on the left lateral side of the fetal neck. The provisional diagnosis was lymphangioma. Fetal magnetic resonance (MR) revealed a multiloculated cystic mass with smooth counters of 4.5×3.5×3.0 cm in size, originating from the soft tissues of the left side of the neck and it was not connected with the cervical spinal canal. The pathology report confirmed cervical lymphangioma.

Conclusions: We would like to highlight the importance of differential diagnosis and follow up scans for any neck mass identified during scan to reach the final accurate diagnosis. This will enable that fetal neck masses could be diagnosed correctly in a more cautious manner.

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