(Infantile Hemangioma; Superficial Hemangioma; Deep [or Cavernous] Hemangioma; Strawberry Hemangioma; Strawberry Mark)
- Premature birth
- PHACE syndrome
A hemangioma that is close to the surface of the skin:
- Appears as red strawberry-like or purple bump on the skin
- May continue to grow and spread
- A hemangioma that is deeper under the skin will appear as bluish swelling under the skin
- Ulceration—deep sores in the skin
- Problems with growth and function of structures nearby such as eyes or airway
- Abnormalities of the blood vessels of the eye or brain (associated with some hemangiomas of the face)
- Hemangiomas in other locations can be associated with heart, kidney, gastrointestinal, brain, or spinal abnormalities
- Dressings to help prevent infections in ulcerated areas of the skin and control oozing
Medication may include:
- Acetaminophen for pain relief
- Steroids, vincristine, or beta blockers to help shrink the hemangioma
- Topical ointments to help with wound healing and pain relief
- Antibiotics may speed healing with or without the presence of a bacterial infection
- Surgery—particularly for hemangiomas that are causing pain, or problems with sight or breathing
- Lasers—most effective on superficial hemangiomas
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
Vascular Birthmarks Foundation http://www.birthmark.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Sturge-Weber Syndrome Community Canada (SWSCC) http://swscommunitycanada.org
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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