Sinonimi: Cavernous hemangioma, Strawberry nevus, Haemangioma
It develops by multiplication of cells that line the inside of the blood vessels (endothelial cells). This multiplication can develop under the influence of hormones, cell growth factors, mechanical stimuli but also under a relative lack of oxygen at some point during pregnancy.
Hemangiomas appear as red lesions on the skin, varying in shape and sizes. They usually occur on the head and neck, but they can be found on any part of the body. They can be level with the skin, or elevated. They appear in both sexes equally. They don’t hurt and they are rarely a cause of functional impairment. Most often they present an esthetically-social problem for the child, as for the parents.
The majority of them gradually disappear during early childhood, especially those flush with the skin. Others, yet remain for the lifetime.
By clinical examination and palpation of the lesion, other diagnostic procedures like utrasound, magnetic resonance, CAT, or biopsy are rarely needed.
The decision to remove them should not be made hastily, some of them do tend to go away by themselves during early childhood, so a wait may be worthwhile.
For those that do not disappear by themselves, there are treatments that can significantly reduce them, and even completely erradicate some of them.
1.Non-surgical treatment: corticosteroids, interferon Alfa, propranolol…
2. Surgical treatment – Laser
Risk factors and prevention
It is considered that they can be genetics related.
There are no known prevention options.
Frequently asked questions
No, we remove only those hemangiomas that are often injured or that present as an esthetic problem.
In injuring an angioma dangerous?
No, injuring it can only cause bleeding from this skin lesion. Any bleeding of this kind can easily be stopped by applying pressure to the bleeding spot for 5 to 10 minutes.
What is the best way to remove angiomas?
A vascular laser is the simplest, most effective way to remove this kind of skin lesions.