A case of HPV and acquired genital lymphangioma: over-lapping clinical features

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Giovanni Cestaro
Michele De Rosa
Maurizio Gentile
Salvatore Massa


Lymphatic malformation or lymphangioma is a benign proliferation of the lymphatics accounting for 4% of all vascular malformations and 26% of all benign vascular tumors. There are several reports about genital lymphangiomas mimicking venereal lesions, such as genital warts. Hereby we described a case of a 24 year old man affected by multiple vesicles and warts in genital area. All hematological and biochemical parameters, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Treponema Pallidum tests, C1 - Inhibitor and C1 - Q values were within limits. An accurate fulguration and wide excision of bigger lesions were performed. Histological examination showed numerous dilated lymphatic vessels in the superficial dermis with infiltration of inflammatory cells, that is a histopathological picture compatible with genital lymphangioma. Considering our clinical suspicion of condylomatosis, HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) Polimerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Genotyping, named INNOLiPA test, was performed, that revealed a genital infection by HPV - genotype 6. We think that our case can be considered an example of HPV infection and acquired genital lymphangioma overlap clinical syndrome. The patient presented any lesions one year after the procedure at follow-up examination.

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Cestaro, Giovanni, et al. “A Case of HPV and Acquired Genital Lymphangioma: Over-Lapping Clinical Features”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 4, no. March, Mar. 2015, pp. 1-3, https://annaliitalianidichirurgia.it/index.php/aic/article/view/653.
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