Treatment for cystic hygroma (part 4)

Published : 26 Jun 2022 07:38 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)


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: Web MD