VASCULAR ANOMALIES

HEMANGIOMAS

Hemangiomas and lymphangiomas, which are the most common benign skin tumors seen in newborns, may be present at birth or may appear later in the first months of their life. 90% of hemangiomas may recede to adolescence and disappear entirely. However, instead of regression, hemangiomas that frequently grow in contrast, often bleeding or in significant areas (such as eyelids, mouth) may need to be surgically removed.

Large vascular lesions can be life-threatening or can cause impaired vision at the same time such as multiple hemangiomas involving skin, the liver and intestines on new born body. If the lesion is too large and life-threatening, it should be consulted by specialists of other branches such as hematologists as well as plastic surgeons. Laser therapy is a treatment of choice for treatment of vascular lesions including port-wine stain and non-stretch strawberry hemangioma. Careful evaluation is required before laser treatment. However, surgical treatment be superior to the cavernous type or mixed type hemangiomas forming the mass.