What are vascular malformations in children?
Vascular malformations are a type of birthmark or a growth that is composed of blood vessels and can cause functional or cosmetic problems. Some can be present at birth, and others do not show up until later during the childhood and teenage years.
Several different types of vascular malformations exist. They are classified according to which type of blood vessel is predominates within them. Examples of vascular malformations include:
- Hemangiomas (most common)
- Capillary vascular malformations (port-wine stains)
- Spider angiomas
- Venous malformations
- Arteriovenous malformations
- Lymphatic malformations
- Pyogenic granulomas
A thorough evaluation with a specialist might include:
- A complete history
- A complete physical exam of the head and neck structures
- Laryngoscopy, if warranted
- Imaging (xrays), if warranted
A treatment plan may include:
- Doing nothing, watchful waiting
- Oral and/or topical medications
- Laser treatment
- Surgical treatment
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