Indian Dermatology Online Journal

: 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 404--408

Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome with arterio-veno-lymphatic malformation: A rare presentation

Bhagyashree B Supekar1, Apoorva D Chopkar1, Vaishali H Wankhade1, Rajesh Pratap Singh1, Dharitri Mukund Bhat2, Parvathy Suresh3,  
1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pathology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Radiology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Vaishali H Wankhade
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Government Medical College Nagpur - 440 003, Maharashtra


Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome (KTS) is a rare disorder characterized by triad of vascular malformations, varicose veins, and bony or soft tissue hypertrophy involving an extremity. Port wine stain is the most common vascular malformation associated with this syndrome. Various other rare vascular malformations described are angiokeratomas, angiokeratoma circumscriptum naeviformae, angiodermatitis, etc. This is the first instance, to the best of our knowledge, describing the capillary, venous, and lymphatic malformations in a same case of KTS.

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Supekar BB, Chopkar AD, Wankhade VH, Singh RP, Bhat DM, Suresh P. Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome with arterio-veno-lymphatic malformation: A rare presentation.Indian Dermatol Online J 2020;11:404-408

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Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome (KTS) is a rare disease of the vascular and lymphatic system or capillary malformation at birth associated with hypertrophy of the soft tissues/bones with an incidence of approximately 1:100,000 live births. Some authors hypothesized that embryonic mesodermal changes resulting in increased angiogenesis lead to increased vascular flow causing tissue hypertrophy and vascular changes.[1] Vascular malformations other than port wine stain that have been described in KTS are small angiokeratomas (AKs) or angiokeratoma circumscriptum naeviformae, angiodermatitis, cutaneous lymphangioma circumscriptum (CLC), and lymphoedema.[2]

 Case Report

A 21-year-old female born out of nonconsanguineous marriage presented to us with hypertrophy of right lower limb with overlying reddish raised lesion since birth which gradually progressed to present size. She also complained of appearance of dark colored lesions over the pre-existing reddish lesion since 10–15 years, which initially appeared on thigh and progressed to involve right knee and upper right leg. She gave history of intermittent bleeding from the lesions.

On examination, the circumferences of right thigh (44 cm) and knee (31 cm) were greater than that of the left thigh (41 cm) and knee (29 cm) [Figure 1]a. Prominent varicosity of veins was present on dorsum of right foot [Figure 1]b. There was dark red blanchable patch suggestive of port wine stain present over right thigh, knee, and upper leg [Figure 2]a. Dermoscopy was performed using 3Gen Dermlite DL4 (CA, USA) 10× polarized mode. Dermoscopy of port wine stain showed dotted vessels and linear vessels [Figure 2]b. There were multiple brownish black hyperkeratotic papules distributed over right lower extremity [Figure 3]a. Dermoscopy of brownish black lesion showed multiple red lacunae, dark blue lacunae with few lacunae with whitish veil [Figure 3]b and [Figure 3]c, which was suggestive of AK, diagnosis of which was further confirmed on histopathology. There were multiple red–purple colored, verrucous vesicles with white to yellow secretion distributed over the right lower extremity [Figure 4]a. Dermoscopy of vesicular lesion revealed white to yellow lacunae surrounded by pale septa [Figure 4]b and [Figure 4]c or yellow to pink lacunae alternating with dark red lacunae and few lacunae with feature of hypopyon [Figure 4]d which was suggestive of lymphangioma circumscriptum, which was confirmed further on histopathology.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}

Histopathalogical examination of dark hyperkeratotic lesion revealed acanthosis, hyperkeratosis, multiple blood filled ectatic, and congested thin walled blood vessels in papillary dermis with normal deep dermis and subcutaneous tissue, suggestive of AK [Figure 5]a and [Figure 5]b. Histopathology of vesicular lesion revealed dilated lymphatic spaces lined by endothelial cells with few lymphocytes in superficial papillary dermis, suggestive of lymphangioma circumscriptum [Figure 6]a and [Figure 6]b. General and systemic examination was normal. Routine hematological investigations were normal. Bilateral lower limb X-ray revealed diffuse soft tissue hypertrophy of right lower limb [Figure 7]a Local ultrasonography of affected limb revealed dilated vascular channels and lateral marginal vein over thigh [Figure 7]b, [Figure 7]c, [Figure 7]d. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of bilateral lower limb revealed circumferential soft tissue hypertrophy and abnormal dilated vascular channels and lateral marginal vein suggestive of diffuse venolymphatic malformation of right lower limb [Figure 8]a, [Figure 8]b, [Figure 8]c, [Figure 8]d.{Figure 5}{Figure 6}{Figure 7}{Figure 8}

On the basis of clinical examination, dermoscopy, histopathology, and radiological examination a final diagnosis of multiple angiokeratomas and lymphangioma circumscriptum associated with KTS was reached. Patient was referred to interventional radiology department for further management.


Two French physicians Maurice Klippel and Paul Trenaunay described two patients with hemangiomatous lesions of the skin with associated bone and soft tissue hypertrophy and coined the term nevus variqueux osteohypertrophique in 1900.[3] Subsequently, Parkes Weber described arteriovenous fistulas in these patients in 1907. In 1965, Lindenauer proposed that the syndrome originally described by Klippel and Trenaunay without AV malformation be considered as a specific entity the KTS and the one associated with AV fistula be designated as Parkes Weber syndrome.[4] Most of the cases of KTS are sporadic although few reports of autosomal dominant inheritance are described. A mutation in angiogenic factor VG5Q has been proposed by Tian et al.[5] Varicosities may occur in deeper leg veins posing a risk of pulmonary embolism. Varicosities in organs like colon, urinary bladder, and brain may lead to rectal or urinary bleeding and seizures. It affects males more often than females. Jacob et al. defined KTS as the presence of any two of three features: (1) capillary malformations (CM), frequently located laterally; extension over the entire affected limb not obligatory; may be found at sites other than the hypertrophied limb; (2) soft tissue or bony hypertrophy; (3) varicose veins or venous malformations (VMs), often with persistent lateral embryologic veins. Our case had all features described by Jacob et al. 63% of patients with KTS have the manifestation of the complete triad (port-wine stain, varicose veins, and hypertrophy of soft tissues/bones).[6] Vascular malformations of KTS usually affect the capillary, venous, and lymphatic systems of the lower extremities. Rarely, these defects are seen in the upper extremities or bilateral or involve the trunk. Vascular malformations, involving the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts leading to bleeding, skeletal deformity, have been reported in KTS and can be a significant source of morbidity and even mortality.[7]

The characteristic dermoscopic features that have been described in literature for AK include well-demarcated round red lacunae, dark blue lacunae, and whitish veil that histologically correspond to dilated upper dermal vessels, vessel thrombosis to epidermal hyperkeratosis respectively.[8] We observed all these dermoscopic features in our case. The dermoscopic features of lymphangioma circumscriptum demonstrate two distinct patterns as yellow lacunae surrounded by pale septa without inclusion of blood (pattern 1) and yellow to pink lacunae alternating with dark red or bluish lacunae due to the inclusion of blood (pattern 2). Histopathologically, pattern 1 corresponds to dilated dermal and/or subcutaneous lymphatic vessels, which are filled with lymphatic fluid, while pattern corresponds to variable concentrations of red blood cells.[9] An additional dermoscopic feature which is typical of lymphangioma circumscriptum has recently been described as the “hypopyon-like feature.” As sedimentation of blood occurs, its corpuscles aggregate according to their density, with cellular components lying at the bottom and serum at the upper part, resulting in a color transition from dark to light in some lacunae, creating a similar effect to that seen on the eye-the hypopyon.[10] The new dermatologic metaphoric term is introduced to describe above peculiar feature as half-and-half lacuna.[11] Our case of lymphangioma circumscriptum showed all above described dermoscopic features.

There is paucity of literature describing associations of angiokeratomas and/orlymphangioma circumscriptum in KTS as depicted in [Table 1]. Management is largely conservative and the extent of diagnostic evaluation is determined by the planned treatment. Compression is an important part of conservative management. A multidisciplinary approach to management of KTS is warranted. Angiokeratoma and lymphangioma circumscriptum lesions can be treated with electrocoagulation, excision, cryotherapy, or laser treatment. This is the first instance, to the best of our knowledge, describing the capillary, venous and lymphatic malformations in a same case of KTS.{Table 1}

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