Mesenteric lymphangioma: A rare intraabdominal finding in a pregnant woman

Oncology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Reports,2015,4,1,46-48.
Published:January 2015
Type:Case Report
Author(s) affiliations:

Anju Bansal, Fouzia Siraj, Shabnam Bhandari Grover1, Amar Bhatnagar2, Sunita Saxena

Department of Pathology, National Institute of Pathology (ICMR), Safdarjung Hospital Campus, New Delhi,

1Departments of Radiology and 2Cancer Surgery, Safdarjung Hospital and Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi, India


Mesenteric cavernous lymphangioma is a rare benign tumor, not often described in literature. The etiopathogenesis of this tumor is largely unknown. Clinically, the presentation is variable and may be asymptomatic or present with subacute or acute abdomen. We describe here a case of 23‑year‑old pregnant woman with an asymptomatic abdominal mass which was incidentally detected after ultrasound examination during antenatal visit. The pregnancy was subsequently terminated and the patient underwent surgical excision of the tumor along with intestinal resection. The mass was pathologically diagnosed to be mesenteric cavernous lymphangioma.