Treatment, complications of cystic hygroma (Part 3)

Published : 25 Jun 2022 11:28 PM | Updated : 26 Jun 2022 04:00 PM

Doctors use surgery to remove a cystic hygroma. If parts of it are left behind, there’s a 15% chance it will come back. Though they don’t work as well as surgery, there are other options, such as:

•    Chemotherapy

•    Radiation therapy

•    Steroids

•    Sclerotherapy (injection of a salt solution)

Read More:Cystic hygroma, its symptoms (part 1)


A cystic hygroma can cause you to make too much or too little amniotic fluid, which can put your unborn baby at risk. Many times, it causes a miscarriage. A baby born with a cystic hygroma can have other complications.

•    The mass may block your baby’s windpipe.

•    Your baby may develop facial deformities.

•    The cyst can lead to a skin infection called cellulitis.

•    Surgery to remove it can cause problems including nerve damage and heavy bleeding.

•    The cystic hygroma may grow back.

As a parent, you may want to get support through groups focused on this condition, such as the nonprofit Birth Defect Research for Children and the Lymphatic Education and Research Network.

Courtesy: Mayo Clinic

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