Skin - Nonmelanocytic tumors
Vascular tumors

Author: Christopher Hale, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 7 October 2016, last major update August 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2016,, Inc.

PubMed search: lymphangioma [title] skin

Related topics: Soft tissue chapter

Cite this page: Lymphangioma. website. Accessed November 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Usually infants or children age 5 years or less
  • Neck, axilla, breast, chest, buttock, thigh
  • Either superficial (lymphangioma circumscriptum, associated with surgery or radiotherapy for breast carcinoma), cystic (cystic hygroma) or deep (lymphangioma cavernosum)
  • Excision, but 25% recur
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Grouped translucent papules with thin vascular lumina that impinge on epidermis
  • Often deep remnants in subcutaneous tissue