Vascular Anomalies

Vascular Anomalies/Pigmented Lesions

Evaluation and management of vascular anomalies lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach. These tumors consist of blood vessels including arteries, lymphatic vessels, and capillaries. Our team meets monthly to develop a diagnosis and multi-disciplinary management plans ensuring coordinated options for treatment of children with vascular anomalies.

Another area the clinic will evaluate are congenital nevus. These are pigmented skin lesions consisting of pigmented and nevus cells. These are present at birth or shortly thereafter. Clinical presentation ranges from light brown to black. Size varies form small to medium, to large which may involve the entire trunk (bathing trunk nevus) or the extremities. Increased hair growth is commonly involved in these lesions. These have important clinical relevance due to a small possibility of associated malignant melanoma. There is a definite cosmetic consideration involved in the management of these lesions. This is directly related to size and location of the lesion. Basically these lesions are composed of blood vessels that have undergone abnormal development. They derive from either arteries, veins, lymphatic vessels and/or capillaries. Many are either present at birth or develop soon after. Our goal is to provide expert consultation regarding your child’s vascular anomaly. Treatment ranges from minimally invasive to complex extensive surgical procedures.

TWO GENERAL TYPES OF VASCULAR ANOMALIES:

Complex vascular anomalies including: Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, Proteus syndrome, Maffucci syndrome, Parkes-weber syndrome, and other rare anomalies.

  • Fast flow malformations
  • Hemangiomas
  • Infantile hemangioma
  • Intramuscular hemangioma
  • Kaposiform hemangioma
  • Rapidly involuting hemangioma
  • Non-involuting hemangioma
  • Vascular anomalies
  • Slow-flow malformations

Untreated vascular anomalies in pediatric patients might result in bleeding, ischemic strokes, or heart failure.

The patients are seen in the clinic by appointment by members of the Vascular Anomalies Clinic. Our team members include specialists from: Plastic Surgeons, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Dermatology, Pediatrics, Genetics, and Radiology. To schedule your appointment call: 305-243-4500. It is strongly recommended that you bring: medical history information, imaging studies, and any photographs.

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Research is directed towards the understanding of the etiology and treatment of various vascular anomalies. Your gift can assist us in healing or preventing these lesions for future generations of children.