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Background: Cystic hygroma is a rare benign abnormality of the lymphatic system generally occurring in young children less than 2 years old. The standard transcervical surgical treatment of cystic hygroma may often leave a permanent scar in the neck region. Case presentation: We report a case of cystic hygroma in a 19-month-old Asian baby girl successfully treated with robot-assisted excision through a hairline neck-lift approach. We present the use of the Yang's retractor as an instrumental advancement to this surgical approach. Conclusions: Treatment options for cystic hygroma may be surgical or nonsurgical. We report a case of cystic hygroma in a 19-month-old child successfully treated with robot-assisted excision through a small concealed retroauricular hairline approach. This is the first report in the medical literature of treating cystic hygroma with a minimally invasive robot-assisted excision via a small, concealed, hairline incision.
Lin, F. C. F., Yang, T. L., Tung, M. C., & Tsai, S. C. S. (2016). Robot-assisted excision of cervical cystic hygroma through a retroauricular hairline approach: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13256-016-0929-0