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Chirurgia 2014 October;27(5):283-4

language: English

Giant femoral postcannulation lymphocyst

Chounti M. 1, Karavana E. 2, Hountis P. 2, Moraitis D. 3, Sotiropoulos G. 2, Dimitroglou J. 2, Boultadakis E. 2, Moraitis S. 2

1 Nursing School‑Technological Institute of Patra, Koukouli, Patra, Greece;
2 Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Athens Naval and Veterans Hospital, Athens, Greece;
3 Department of Administration and Statistics, Athens Naval and Veterans Hospital, Athens, Greece


Lymphocyst is a rare postoperative complication and consists of an organized collection of lymph with true epithelial walls, in a non preformed cavity. It is usually preceded of lymphocele which is the collection of lymph that lacks an epithelial lining in the same area. It is a complication well described after gynaecological, oncological, urological pelvic and renal transplantation surgeries. Its usual site of presentation is the mediastinum, axilla, neck, aorta and peripheral vasculature. It is supposed that a permanent or temporary rupture in the normal lymph vessel integrity is responsible, at least in part, for this complication. We present here a case of a groin lymphocele organized as lymphocyst in a patient after thoracoabdominal aortic surgery with cannulation of the femoral artery and vein. Patient was operated one year after the dissection and cannulation of the femoral vessels. He had an uneventful postoperative recovery.

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