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Cystic Hygroma: A Differential Diagnosis for Increased Nuchal Tranlucency

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2012,2,2,305-307.
Published:May 2012
Type:Case Report
Author(s) affiliations:

Laxmi V Yaliwal1, Sunilkumar KS1, Rathnamala M Desai1, Shyamsundar K Joshi2 

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2Department of Radiodiagnosis

SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Manjushree Nagar, Sattur, Dharwad-580009 Karnataka, India.


Cystic hygroma is a congenital malformation of the lymphatics. Nuchal translucency (NT) is markedly increased in cystic hygroma. Cystic hygroma is associated with aneuploidies, adverse obstetrical and perinatal outcomes. First-trimester nuchal NT measurement with the help of ultrasound is a widely used technique to determine the risk of fetal aneuploidy. Diagnosis should be made early and thoroughly in order to carry out chorionic villus sampling to determine the karyotype early.

Abortus showing cystic hygroma