Hemangioma

Common Name(s)

Hemangioma

A hemangioma is a noncancerous clumping of blood vessels found on the skin or internal organs, most commonly the liver. Hemangiomas are often present at birth or develop in the first few months of life. Skin hemangiomas are quite common, mostly found on the face and neck. Liver hemangiomas rarely cause symptoms. Cavernous hemangiomas most commonly form on the brain or spinal cord and have a different outcome than the other types of hemangiomas. The cause of the clumping of the blood vessels is not well understood.

Skin hemangiomas form on the surface of the skin or in the fatty layer just underneath. It may at first appear as a flat birth mark, but will become a raised red rubbery or spongy lump over the first year. Most will stop growing at this point and after some time will begin to go away. Most skin hemangiomas disappear by age 10, though a faint discoloration may remain. Hemangiomas may affect the vision if they are on the eyelid.

Liver hemangiomas can form within the organ or on its surface. Liver hemangiomas may be estrogen sensitive, meaning they may grow if a woman is given estrogen supplements during menopause. Hemangiomas may also form on the kidneys, colon, and lungs. A hemangioma on any of these organs rarely causes problems unless it grows too large or multiple hemangiomas form. Symptoms may then include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. Occasionally they interfere with breathing. However, they usually go unnoticed unless picked up by an imaging study (MRI) being done for another reason.

Diagnosis is made by physical exam and imaging studies. Many hemangiomas will go away without treatment. If causing problems, treatment may include laser procedures, steroid injections, medication or surgical removal. If you or your child has been diagnosed with hemangioma, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options.

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VHL Alliance

VHLA is dedicated to research, education, and support to improve awareness, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by VHL.

Last Updated: 5 Jan 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Hemangioma" for support, advocacy or research.

VHL Alliance

VHLA is dedicated to research, education, and support to improve awareness, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by VHL.

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Last Updated: 5 Jan 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Hemangioma" returned 763 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Hemangioma of the knee].
 

Author(s): Hicham Bousbaa, Larbi Amhajji

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Angioma or hemangioma is a benign vascular tumor which rarely occurs in muscles. It mostly affects young adults. We report a case of intramuscular hemangioma of quadriceps with painless extension contracture of the knee and a mass in the thigh. MRI allowed preoperative diagnosis of ...

Last Updated: 5 Oct 2017

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Propranolol inhibits the proliferation, migration and tube formation of hemangioma cells through HIF-1α dependent mechanisms.
 

Author(s): Y Z Chen, N Bai, J H Bi, X W Liu, G Q Xu, L F Zhang, X Q Li, R Huo

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The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of propranolol on the regression of hemangiomas. Propranolol-treated hemangioma tissues were collected and the expression of hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) was examined. We also established HIF-1α overexpression and knockdown ...

Last Updated: 4 Oct 2017

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Anastomosing hemangioma simulating renal cell carcinoma.
 

Author(s): Mariana Athaniel Silva, Eduardo Kaiser Ururahy Nunes Fonseca, Fernando Ide Yamauchi, Ronaldo Hueb Baroni

Journal: Int Braz J Urol. ;43(5):987-989.

 

The anastomosing hemangioma is a recent described rare variant, which histologically simulates an angiosarcoma and occurs primarily in the genitourinary tract. We present a case of renal anastomosing hemangioma from a radiologic perspective, describing its imaging features and reviewing ...

Last Updated: 20 Jul 2017

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The terms "Hemangioma" returned 96 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Giant liver hemangioma with adult Kasabach-Merritt syndrome: Case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Xiaolei Liu, Zhiying Yang, Haidong Tan, Li Xu, Yongliang Sun, Shuang Si, Liguo Liu, Wenying Zhou, Jia Huang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Aug;96(31):e7688.

 

Adult Kasabach-Merritt syndrome associated with giant liver hemangioma is rare; to date, most reports have been single-case reports, and no multi-case reports or literature reviews are available.

Last Updated: 2 Aug 2017

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Challenging Pitfalls and Mimickers in Diagnosing Anastomosing Capillary Hemangioma of the Kidney: Case Report and Literature Review.
 

Author(s): Haneen Adnan Al-Maghrabi, Abdullatif Sami Al Rashed

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BACKGROUND Vascular tumors of the kidney are rare tumors that are usually diagnosed and confirmed by histopathological examination due to the difficulty in definitive diagnosis by clinical and radiological examination. Anastomosing hemangioma is a rare variant of capillary hemangioma ...

Last Updated: 13 Mar 2017

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Anastomosing hemangioma: report of two renal cases and analysis of the literature.
 

Author(s): Marina Perdiki, Galateia Datseri, George Liapis, Nikolaos Chondros, Ioannis Anastasiou, Maria Tzardi, Johanna K Delladetsima, Elias Drakos

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Anastomosing hemangioma (AH) is a very rare vascular tumor mimicking angiosarcoma, predominately observed in kidney and less frequently in other organs. We present two new renal cases of AH at opposite ends of the clinical presentation spectrum, provide review of the literature and ...

Last Updated: 25 Jan 2017

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Nadolol Versus Propranolol in Children With Infantile Hemangiomas
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Infantile Hemangioma

 

Last Updated: 4 Jan 2016

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Clinical Characteristics of Infantile Hemangioma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hemangioma

 

Last Updated: 31 Oct 2017

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