Kaposiform lymphangiomatosis: Unifying features of a heterogeneous disorder

Violet M. Fernandes, John H. Fargo, Surbhi Saini, Michael F. Guerrera, Leigh Marcus, Lori Luchtman-Jones, Denise Adams, Emily Riehm Meier

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Kaposiform lymphangiomatosis (KLA) is a rare proliferation of abnormal lymphatic vessels often complicated by pleural/pericardial effusions and a consumptive coagulopathy that may lead to life threatening hemorrhage. Establishing the diagnosis is challenging due to the clinical heterogeneity and variable findings in laboratory values, radiographic features, and pathologic characteristics. We report three patients who had slowly progressive symptoms and presented with pleural or pericardial effusions, evidence of a consumptive coagulopathy and anemia. Despite being a rare and challenging diagnosis, KLA should be considered in patients presenting with non-specific indolent symptoms, pleural or pericardial effusions and laboratory evidence of a consumptive coagulopathy. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2015;62:901-904.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)901-904
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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