Supraclavicular lymphangioma presenting in the sixth decade of life: A case report

Christina Matl, Lacey Durham, Borislav A. Alexiev, James C. Wang*

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Lymphangiomas are localized malformations of the lymphatic system resulting from abnormal development. The vast majority of lymphangiomas are detected within the second year of life, and the occurrence of lymphangiomas in adulthood is rare. Here, we present a case of a 56-year-old woman with a supraclavicular cavernous lymphangioma. The rationale for reporting this case is to highlight an extremely rare case of a lymphangioma of the supraclavicular region as late as the sixth decade of life and to discuss the diagnosis of and possible therapies for treating lymphangiomas. The case involved the surgical removal of a supraclavicular cystic mass en bloc. Histopathology confirmed the presence of a supraclavicular cavernous lymphangioma. Although supraclavicular cavernous lymphangiomas are exceedingly rare in adulthood, they should not be ruled out as a potential cause of a supraclavicular mass. In addition, when excising a mass from a patient at risk of pathological scarring, it is recommended that closure of the wound be conducted layered closure with well approximated skin edges under minimal tension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine, and Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024


  • Cystic hygromas
  • Lymphangioma
  • Lymphatic malformations
  • Neck mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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