Vascular Anomalies

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Vascular Anomalies Center

Published On 07/07/2015

VA Web page 1 RESIZED WITH BABYThe Vascular Anomalies clinic at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is the only program in the region providing coordinated care for vascular anomalies (blood vessels that have developed abnormally). Approximately one in 10 children are born with a vascular anomaly, which is commonly referred to as a birthmark. About half of all children who have vascular anomalies require treatment. There are two categories of vascular anomalies—vascular tumors and vascular malformations. The most common benign vascular tumor is the infantile hemangioma. Vascular malformations are capillary malformations, venous malformations, lymphatic malformations, arteriovenous malformations and combinations of the above.

Treatment Options

  • Medication
  • Interventional therapy including sclerotherapy—injection of sclerosant (An injectable irritant used in the treatment of varicose veins that causes inflammation and subsequent fibrosis) medications directly into the lesion under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance. This is meant to reduce the size of the lesion and therefore reduce symptoms of pain, disfigurement or dysfunction of the region.
  • Surgery, often requires sclerotherapy prior to surgery.

Because vascular anomalies are unique to each child, we create customized multidisciplinary teams based on each child’s needs. Our doctors meet monthly at a case conference to discuss each child’s plan of care and determine next steps. Specialists include:VA Web page 2 RESIZED ALL

During your clinic visit, we will coordinate all radiology imaging, lab testing and specialist visits so that your child receives all of the necessary care at one time.

Your clinic visit might include:

  • Radiology Imaging
  • Bedside ultrasound (USG)
  • Lab testing  and biopsies
  • Consultation with multiple specialists

Conditions treated

  • arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • capillary malformation
  • congenital and infantile hemangiomas
  • cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita (CMTC)
  • cystic hygroma
  • kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (KHE)
  • Kasabach Merritt phenomenon
  • Klippel Trenaunay syndrome
  • lymphatic malformation
  • mixed vascular malformation
  • multifocal lymphangioendotheliomatosis (MLT)
  • Parkes Weber syndrome
  • port wine stain
  • Sturge Weber syndrome
  • tufted angioma
  • vascular malformation
  • venolymphatic malformation
  • venous malformation

Vascular lesions associated with genetic conditions, including:

  • Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus syndrome
  • Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome
  • CLOVE syndrome
  • Maffucci syndrome
  • Proteus syndrome


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