What are Vascular Birthmarks?

Vascular birthmarks, also known as vascular anomalies, refer to a group of blood vessel disorders characterized by tumors and malformations. The common infantile hemangiomais a frequent example of this condition. They are largely benign in nature, but can pose some functional and cosmetic problems. They are usually present at or around the time of birth. Some of these birthmarks, such as the common hemangioma, go away on their own, but others such as vascular malformations can continue to be a problem for a lifetime.

Treatment for vascular birthmarks can vary substantially. Dr. Panossian is Founder of the Vascular Anomalies Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has extensive experience in the management of vascular anomalies of all types.

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Treating Vascular Birthmark What do I do if my child has a vascular birthmark?

The first step is to make sure you have the correct diagnosis. Often, the initial diagnosis given to patients is inaccurate and even incorrect.

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Types of Vascular Birthmarks

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"Vascular birthmarks are some of the most challenging conditions to treat in medicine."

They require a multidisciplinary team approach with a deep understanding of the various types of vascular anomalies.

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It is important to understand that vascular birthmarks behave differently from classic birthmarks. Some require close observation and others are treated only when they create a problem. Treatment can vary widely from traditional surgical excision to sclerotherapy and embolization. The decision to treat is best done by a vascular anomalies expert. Dr. Panossian has a deep understanding and experience in the treatment of all vascular birthmarks. He trained at the world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital Vascular Anomalies Center and established its counterpart at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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