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Vulval lymphangiectasia.
  1. S E Handfield-Jones,
  2. W J Prendiville,
  3. S Norman
  1. Department of Dermatology, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK.


    Three cases of lymphangiectasia of the vulva are reported. One case followed Wertheim's hysterectomy for carcinoma of the cervix; two other cases had Crohn's disease with perineal involvement. Lymphangiectasia is a secondary phenomenon resulting from obstruction of previously normal lymphatics. This is in contrast with lymphangioma which is an anatomical abnormality. A review of the literature suggests that the vulval skin may be particularly susceptible to the formation of lymphangiectasia, and our patients' experiences suggest that they are easily mis-diagnosed.

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