Jornal de Pediatria
Print version ISSN 0021-7557
RUIZ JR., Everaldo; VALERA, Elvis T.; VERISSIMO, Francisco and TONE, Luiz G.. OK-432 therapy for lymphangioma in children. J. Pediatr. (Rio J.) [online]. 2004, vol.80, n.2, pp. 154-158. ISSN 0021-7557. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0021-75572004000200014.
OBJECTIVE: To report the experience with OK-432 therapy for lymphangioma in children. METHODS: Retrospective study of 19 children with lymphangioma treated with OK-432 in Ribeirão Preto, state of São Paulo, Brazil, between 1999 and 2003. RESULTS: All patients presented response to OK-432, 12 had total shrinkage and seven had partial shrinkage varying from 50% to 80%. Patients had fever after injections of OK-432 for 2 to 10 days, no damage to the overlying skin was observed. CONCLUSION: OK-432 is safe, effective and can be used as primary choice of treatment of patients with lymphangiomas because of the excellent response. In these cases surgery should not be necessary. In patients with partial regression new injections of OK-432 must be used to shrink the lesion. Thereby safely surgery could be made.
Keywords : Lymphangiomas; OK-432; children; sclerosing agents.