Surgery of large vascular lymphangiomas provides serious problems in view of the intractable bleeding that may ensue during their removal.1 Although the cosmetic deformities associated with these tumors may be gross, there is, as a rule, little functional disability. If there is insufficient planning for all possible eventualities, an operation which is performed for a benign condition may lead to serious consequences and even to loss of life. Such a situation arose as a result of an anesthetic complication during the course of the removal of a markedly vascular lymphangioma of the neck and face. The method used to overcome the intractable bleeding will be described in detail, because it appears to be an unusual form of intervention.
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