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Old 10-18-2010, 05:18 PM
SueEliz100 SueEliz100 is offline
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Default Retrorectal/presacral lymphangioma.


My 18 year old daughter has been diagnosed with a Retrorectal/presacral lymphangioma. This is internal apart from a small skin lesion on the buttock.

When she was 10 years old, she developed a small subcutaneous lump on her buttock. She was referred to our local hospital, who removed it. They told it it was just a nondescript benign lump, and we thought no more about it. Then, three years later, she got a really painful and strange looking blistery growth on the scar. That was also removed by the hospital, and they said it was a hemangioma. Ten months later it came back again in two places and she had a wide local excision. Again they said it was a hemangioma and nothing at all to worry about. Last March it came back again on the scar. This time the hospital decided to MRI scan her. It was really alarming as they found a huge growth inside her with a narrow channel of growth leading to the external skin lesion. The growths did not enhance with dye. Eventually the tissue samples from the operations were looked at again and it was decided that it was lymphangioma not hemangioma, and that was also what the MRI scan looked like.

We are to have this monitored by yearly MRI scans, but are really worried that leaving the growth untreated will lead to serious problems. It is very near the base of her spine, and she is terrified that it might grow into it. Do you know if it can? And do you think it could grow into her bowel or bladder, which are also close? We have also read that lympangioma gets worse with hormones, and we are worried what might happen when she starts to have a family. We are also worried about going abroad on holiday in case it gets infected because we wouldn't know what to do.

Do you know of anyone who could help us?

Thank you
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