Hemangioma

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A Hemangioma of infancy is a benign tumour, usually a self-involuting tumor, (swelling or growth) of the endothelial cells that line blood vessels and is characterised by increased number of normal or abnormal vessels filled with blood. It usually appears during the first weeks of life and generally resolves by age 10. In more severe case hemangioma may have permanency, if not treated by a physician. Laser surgery is the mostproactive way of removal in cases where patients are older than 10 years of age. In infancy, it is the mostcommon tumor. Hemangiomas affecting the musculoskeletal system are more accurately termed vascular malformations.

These are present from birth and do not involute spontaneously procedure. The anaesthesia required is local or general depending on the site. The procedure is carried percutanously with a needle under sonography and Doppler control. The lesion is localized and laser fibre is passed thru the needle. The lesion is laserised under direct vision. The relief from symptoms is evident within 48 hrs but may take longer in larger lesions.