Successful Treatment of a Huge Splenic Lymphangiomatosis in a Young Pregnant Woman : A Case Report
Lymphangiomatosis is usually a benign tumor consisting of a dilated lymphatic system, but its occurrence is unusual. Most such instances are found in the head and neck area. Less than 5% are diagnosed intra-abdominally and they are very infrequently encountered in the retroperitoneal area. However, splenic lymphangiomatosis is thought to be extremely rare. We herein report the case of a 23 year-old woman who had a huge splenic lymphangiomatosis, which presented as a left upper abdominal mass when she was pregnant. She underwent a splenectomy after childbirth. This is the first case of a pregnant woman with splenic lymphangiomatosis who successfully underwent a splenectomy after childbirth. The clinical manifestations, imaging features, and management of this patient are described and previously published studies in the literature are also reviewed.
日本外科系連合学会誌 31(4), 736-739, 2006-08-30