A hemangioma is a benign tumor of the endothelial cells that line blood vessels and is characterized by increased number of normal or abnormal vessels filled with blood.
It is generally seen during the first weeks of life and resolves by age 10. It is the most common tumor in infancy. Hemangiomas are connected to the circulatory system. The appearance depends on location. If they are on the surface of the skin, they are evocative of a ripe strawberry (hence, they are sometime called as “strawberry hemangiomas”). If they are just under the skin they present as a bluish swelling.
A red to reddish-purple, raised sore (lesion) on the skin
A massive, raised tumor with blood vessels.
Mostly hemangiomas are found on the face and neck.
The exact cause of hemangioma is currently unknown. It consists of an abnormally dense group of extra blood vessels. The hemangioma may be:
In the top skin layers (capillary hemangioma)
Deeper in the skin (cavernous hemangioma)
A mixture of both Hemangioma generally occurs more often in premature babies
A hemangioma is diagnosed based on appearance. Diagnostic tests aren't usually needed
Laser surgery: Laser surgery is generally performed to stop the growth of a hemangioma. Sometimes lasers can be used to remove a hemangioma or treat sores on a hemangioma that won't heal. The risks include pain, infection, bleeding, scarring and changes in skin color.
Corticosteroid medications: Corticosteroids can be injected, given orally or applied to the skin. These medications are most effective when they're given during the growth phase. They're used to stop the growth of the hemangioma. Long-term or repeated treatment may be needed.
For treatment one should consult your doctor.
Bleeding (especially if the hemangioma is injured)
Problems with breathing and eating
Psychological problems, from skin appearance
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