Cystic hygroma : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

A common symptom is a neck mass found at birth, or discovered later in an infant after an upper respiratory tract infection.

Diagnosis & Tests

The following tests may be done:

  • Chest x-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan

If the cystic hygroma is detected during a pregnancy ultrasound, other ultrasound tests or amniocentesis may be recommended.


Review Date : 9/9/2009
Reviewed By : Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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