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Korean J Pediatr. 2010 Jan;53(1):97-102. English. Case Report.
Cho HG , Kim SY , Song ES , Lee JK , Choi YY .
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea. yychoi@chonnam.ac.kr
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea.
Abstract

Lymphangioma is a rare, benign, and hamartomatous tumor of the lymphatic vessels that shows a marked predilection for the head and neck region. When this tumor occurs on the tongue or mouth floor or in the deep neck space, blockage of the efferent lymphatic vessels can result in secondary macroglossia. We report here two patients who showed unusual macroglossia from birth. Initially, there was no noticeable cervical or mandibular swelling. However, mandibular swellings were noted during follow-up examinations, which led to MRI scans on the two infant patients at 5 months and 5 weeks of age, respectively. Subsequently, both patients were diagnosed with lymphangioma or lymphangiohemangioma in the deep neck space.

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