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Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease:
doi: 10.1097/LGT.0b013e31829cf432
Case Reports

Massive Localized Lymphedema of the Vulva: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature

Heller, Debra S. MD1,2; Fitzhugh, Valerie A. MD1; Cracchiolo, Bernadette MD, MPH2; Barrett, Theodore Jr. MD2; Suidan, Rudy S. MD2

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Abstract

Background: Massive localized lymphedema (MLL) is a recently described entity associated with obesity, most often on the thighs. It rarely occurs on the vulva, and it may pose diagnostic difficulty for both clinician and pathologist in this setting.

Case: An obese 55-year-old woman underwent excision of bilateral polypoid vulvar masses. Histology confirmed the diagnosis of MLL.

Conclusions: Although MLL is not common on the vulva, with the increasing incidence of obesity in the population, more cases can be anticipated, and an awareness of this lesion is important.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology

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