Prenatal diagnosis of posterior mediastinal lymphangioma by two- and three-dimensional ultrasonography

R. Ruano, E. Takashi, R. Schultz, M. Zugaib

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Lymphangioma is a rare benign tumor characterized by proliferating lymph vessels and composed of large cyst spaces with endothelium-lined channels of varying dimensions. The incidence of lymphangioma is approximately one in 6000 pregnancies. Less than 1% of lymphangiomas are purely mediastinal. The great majority of cases are of cystic lymphangioma, but very rarely there is a mixed lesion consisting of multiple cysts of dilated capillary and lymph vessels. We report a case of posterior mediastinal lymphangioma diagnosed at 28 weeks' gestation, in which three-dimensional ultrasonography was helpful in determining the precise location of the tumor. A Cesarean section was performed at 39 weeks and the tumor was resected on the 5th day postdelivery; histological examination revealed a mixed cystic lymphangioma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-700
Number of pages4
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Lymphangioma
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Three-dimensional ultrasonography
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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