Case Study: Cody Mitchell, 15

Published On 08/10/2016

Diagnosis: Left Peri-orbital Lymphatic Malformation

Cody Mitchell was 8 years old when a small lump the size of a pencil eraser first showed up on the inside corner of his left eye.

“He just woke up with it one morning,” said mom Candice Mitchell. “We thought maybe something had ruptured. We just didn’t know.”

The Mitchells were referred to a local oncologist who diagnosed him with a left peri-orbital lymphatic malformation, a benign vascular lesion. Because the lesion was asymptomatic, immediate treatment at that point was unnecessary.

By 2015, the lesion was starting to grow and was beginning to hinder his vision. Cody was referred to the Vascular Anomalies Center at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

In June 2015, he received a sclerotherapy treatment to shrink the malformation. Since then, he’s had no issues, and the malformation remains unnoticeable.