Hemangioma: Symptoms & Treatments

Hemangiomas are noncancerous growths of blood vessels, they are mostly seen in children. A hemangioma can occur anywhere on the body, but commonly appears on the face, scalp, chest or back.

Females, white infants and premature babies are at a higher risk of developing hemangioma. Sometimes, hemangioma can affect internal organs, like the liver, the brain, organs of respiratory systems, gastrointestinal system, etc.

Occasionally, hemangioma can break down and develop a sore, thus leading pain, bleeding, scarring or infections. Hemangiomas vary from site to site, it may interfere with child’s vision, breathing, hearing or elimination.

There are basically two types of hemangiomas: hemangioma of the skin and hemangioma of internal organs. Different types have different signs and symptoms.

During or after hemangiomas’ formation, they usually cause no symptoms. Hemangiomas of skin present as small red bumps or scratches on the neck or face, and then develop into burgundy-colored birthmarks.

Symptoms of internal organs usually include the followings:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fullness feeling in the abdomen
  • Nausea

Generally, the hemangiomas can be seen under imaging tests, like MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, etc.

Common treatment options for hemangiomas are:

Laser Treatment

It is used to promote faster healing and reduce redness.

Medicated Gel

A medicated gel, also called becaplermin (Regranex), is used to treat ulcers on the surface of skin hemangiomas.

Corticosteroid Medications

These kinds of medications may be injected to reduce the growth or stop inflammation.

Surgery

If the hemangioma has developed too large in sensitive areas such as eyes, surgery is suggestible.

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