Cystic Lymphangioma of the Right Adrenal Gland

Lora Esberk ATES1, Yersu KAPRAN1, Yesim ERBIL2, Umut BARBAROS2, Ferhunde DIZDAROGLU1

1Department of Pathology, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of General Surgery, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey


Lymphangiomas are benign malformations of the vessels. They are commonly located in the neck, axillary region and mediastinum. Lymphangioma of the adrenal gland is very rare. These lesions were first discovered as incidental autopsy findings. As the imaging techniques have improved, they now appear as incidental findings at abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography scan examinations. They are usually asymptomatic. We present a 26-year-old woman admitted to the hospital, complaining of weakness, putting on weight, and lumbago. Her laboratory findings were within normal limits. Radiological examination revealed a 7 cm cystic lesion located in the right adrenal gland. Right adrenalectomy was performed. Histopathological examination and immunohistochemical analysis of the cystic lesion was consistent with a lymphangioma. Pathology & Oncology Research, Vol 11, Nr 4, 242-244, 2005

Key words: Adrenal gland; adrenal cyst; lymphangioma

Received: Dec 8, 2004; accepted: Jul 21, 2005
Correspondence: Lora Esberk ATES, Department of Pathology, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Temel Bilimler Binasi, Patoloji Anabilim Dali, Capa Istanbul 34390, Turkey; Tel: +90 212 414 24 00, Fax: +90 212 631 13 67; E-mail:

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