Rare Case of Cervical Hygroma Mimicking as Cervical Meningocele

  • Zaheen Shibli Department of Neurosurgery Trainee at Civil Hospital, Karachi
  • ABDUL ALI KHAN Abbasi Shaheed Hospital
  • SAEED MAZHAR jPMC, Karachi – Pakistan
Keywords: Cystic hygroma, lymphangioma, cervical meningocele


Cystic hygroma is usually a benign lymphatic malformation that appears mostly before two years of age. It is frequently encountered in head and neck region but it can be present at any site in the body. In neck cystic hygroma is usually present in the posterior triangle of neck. We report a case of 6-months old boy who presented with cystic hygroma in the midline neck posteriorly. Patient was referred to our neurosurgery department with an expected diagnosis of cervical meningocele as site of swelling is common for the cervical meningocele. Clinical examination and radiology made the diagnosis of hygroma. Patient was treated with complete surgical resection satisfactorily. Histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of hygroma.


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