Lymphatic Malformation in Children

It is stressful to learn your child has something wrong with his or her circulatory (also called vascular) system. You may have never even heard of lymphatic malformation before. Our multidisciplinary team of experts in vascular anomalies can help take away your confusion and stress, and help your child live a normal, healthy life.

All lymphatic malformations are present at birth, and while some are evident at birth, many may not become obvious until later in life. They may appear as a lump or mass of tissue that allows fluid to build up in abnormal channels and spaces, or a deep purple sore at the surface of the skin. Since a lymphatic malformation will never go away on its own, expert treatment is required to heal this condition, prevent infection and prevent complications.

Your Child's Care Begins Here

Treatment for your child focuses on his or her specific symptoms of lymphatic malformation and any medical complications related to it. You will work with a team of pediatric specialists who have experience with vascular anomalies to determine options for your child for follow-up and treatment. Together, we will determine what’s right for your child.

There are two main types of lymphatic malformation: macrocysts and microcysts. This is helpful in determining effective forms of treatment for your child. From treatment through follow-up care, we'll provide support and education along the way.

Treatments We Provide

Antibiotics
If your child encounters an infection, antibiotic medicine treats the infection.

Observation
Your care team will watch for growth or changes. They will respond accordingly if your child's treatment plan needs to be adjusted.

Sclerotherapy
This is a direct injection of medicine into the lymphatic malformation that will help to shrink it. It may have a limited effect on microcystic types of lymphatic malformations.

Surgery
Surgery may also be performed to remove the lymphatic malformation.