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Haemangiomas. Treating those that won’t fade away

LIZ LEINS, David Orchard

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Abstract

Haemangiomas are the most common tumours of infancy. Haemangiomas that may be life-threatening or cause physical deformity should be referred early for assessment and management. Treatment can also be considered for anticipated cosmetic impact. This article discusses how to diagnose infantile haemangiomas, differential diagnoses to consider, when to refer and treatment options.

Key Points

  • Infantile haemangiomas are benign tumours.
  • They are the most common tumours of infancy.
  • Most haemangiomas involute and do not require treatment.
  • Haemangiomas requiring treatment should be identified.
  • Oral propranolol is the preferred treatment for infantile haemangiomas.

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© martinedoucet/ istockphoto.com model used for illustrative purposes only
© martinedoucet/ istockphoto.com model used for illustrative purposes only