Indian Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

: 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 93--95

A rare neck mass: Hemangioma of external jugular vein

Devender Singh, Basavarajendra Anurshetru, Shalini Aryala 
 Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Devender Singh
Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana


Intraluminal primary tumors of the body veins are rare clinical entities with few cases have been reported in the literature. Hemangiomas as a primary tumor, arising in the jugular vein are extremely rare. We present a case of right neck mass, was initially treated as venous thrombosis and finally diagnosed with hemangioma of external jugular vein on histopathological examination. Although rare, this case highlights the need of suspicion of a vascular tumor in cases of neck swelling for proper investigation and treatment.

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Singh D, Anurshetru B, Aryala S. A rare neck mass: Hemangioma of external jugular vein.Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2021;8:93-95

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Hemangiomas are common benign tumors which can develop in any part of the body. Despite their common nature, hemangiomas arising from the blood vessels are very rare and should be differentiated from other neoplasma of vascular origin such as hemangioendothelioma, hemangiopericytoma, hemangiosarcoma, and leiomyosarcoma. In this report, we present a very rare case of hemangioma which was originated from external jugular vein. The hemangioma was totally excised, and the histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis.

 Case Report

We report the case of young male of 23 years, otherwise healthy referred to us as a case of right neck mass for the past 3 months [Figure 1]. Earlier he was diagnosed with right external jugular vein thrombosis and treated with anticoagulation for 3 months. As the patient did not find any improvement and moreover started having pain, he was referred. On examination, he had a nodule of 3 cm in diameter, tender, firm in consistency, not pulsatile, and free from superficial and underlying muscular layers was palpable along the course of the right external jugular vein. Color Doppler scan neither favored as thrombosis of external jugular vein nor any conclusive diagnosis. Hence, we decided to explore and proceed. Under local anesthesia, the part of the external jugular vein was ligated and excised [Figure 2]. Macroscopically, the lesion was reddish, not encapsulated, and tightly adherent to the wall, with no infiltration beyond the adventitia [Figure 3] and [Figure 4]. Histopathologic examination showed an aggregation of thin-walled capillaries with scant connective tissue and few dilated vascular channels which were consistent with external jugular vein hemangioma [Figure 5] and [Figure 6].The postoperative course was uneventful, and no recurrence was detected after 1 year of follow-up procedures.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}{Figure 5}{Figure 6}


The first description of an intravascular benign tumor was given by Masson in 1923.[1] The only description of a hemangioma of the external jugular vein in a radiologic journal goes back to 1967, prior to the echographic era.[2] Clinically, it may occur as a painful or painless subcutaneous nodule slowly growing in size, sometimes with sign of venous thrombosis.[3] Usually, the mass appears as a neck lateral nodule simulating a cervical lymphadenopathy, as in our case and was treated with a course of antibiotics. When there was no recovery, he was subjected for a color Doppler which reported a thrombus in the external jugular vein. Although repeat scan at our center did not revealed any thrombus. Keeping a differential diagnosis of a vascular tumor in mind, a good application of color and power Doppler ultrasonography may demonstrate the proliferative nature of the lesion and can give clue to the diagnosis.[4] This was missed in our case. It is preferable to perform a surgical excision rather than an ultrasonographically guided biopsy because of the extensive bleeding of punctured vascular lesions; moreover, total excision allows a better histopathologic definition and is curative unless features of malignancy are present. As a matter of fact, definitive diagnosis requires histopathologic examination, and differential diagnosis should be made between benign tumors such as hemangioma, hemangioendothelioma, and hemangiopericytoma and malignant lesions such as hemangiosarcomas or leiomyosarcomas.[5] In our case of benign intravascular tumor, local excision was curative, and no recurrence has been reported so far. In conclusion, our case has highlighted the importance of keeping even rare case in the differential diagnosis for the proper management avoiding delay and unnecessary treatment.

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