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Information for Parents

Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation

  • What is this disease?

    • A hemangioma is a collection of small blood vessels that form a lump under the skin. They are sometimes called ‘strawberry marks’ because the surface of a hemangioma may look a bit like the surface of a strawberry

  • How it is diagnosed?

    • Clinical examination is prime modality to diagnose surface lesions. USG, CT scan and MRI are used to diagnose deeper lesions in organs like liver, brain.

  • How it is treated? 

    • Most of the children need watchful waiting in initial proliferative phase and involuting phase. Sometimes propanolol is useful in proliferative phase.

  • When it should be operated?

    • It should be done in involuted phase if residual lesion is causing cosmetic problems. Otherwise watchful waiting is useful.

  • Are there other alternative methods of treatment?

    • Medical management by propanolol is useful in many children.

  • What all I need to know before my child surgery?

    • Read “All you need to know before your child’s surgery” information booklet in website

  • How is the surgery done?

    • Surgery is for cosmesis or for complications ,either because of location or ulcerations etc,

  • Remarks

    • For more details of surgery, contact your surgeon.

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