Venous Malformation Treatment

Struggling with venous malformation? Dr. Panossian’s specialized treatments offer a new lease on life. Experience cutting-edge care that effectively reduces symptoms and enhances your well-being. Enjoy a transformed, more comfortable life with our tailored venous malformation solutions.

Venous Vascular Malformation Relief Awaits You

Discover the transformative power of venous malformation treatment with Dr. Panossian. This advanced care not only addresses your physical symptoms but also boosts your overall quality of life. Our approach ensures a comprehensive solution, tailored to your needs, enhancing both health and confidence. Embrace a future where venous vascular malformation no longer defines your daily experiences.

Symptom Relief

Experience a significant reduction in discomfort and swelling, leading to a more active and enjoyable lifestyle.

Cosmetic Improvement

Witness visible improvements in skin appearance, enhancing your self-esteem and social confidence.

Prevention of Complications

Our proactive treatment approach helps mitigate the risk of potential health issues, securing a healthier future.

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What is a Rare Venous Malformation?

When veins develop abnormally, they can form what is known as venous malformation. Vascular malformations present in a variety of ways. They can be small and discrete or large and diffuse. They may be superficial or deep. In the most severe form, venous malformations can be very deforming.

They are typically present at birth and can grow proportionately with the individual. Varicose veins sometimes may be confused for venous malformations, however, treatment is not necessarily very different.

Why Do Venous Malformations Occur?

Biological Factors Behind Venous Malformation

The exact cause of venous anomaly remains largely unknown, but it’s believed to involve genetic mutations. These mutations affect the way normal veins form during embryonic development, leading to the formation of abnormal blood vessels. These vessels often have slow blood flow and can be prone to forming blood clots.

Genetic and Environmental Influences

While some cases of venous malformation are sporadic, others are inherited, indicating a genetic component. Environmental factors during pregnancy might also contribute to their development, although this area requires further research for conclusive evidence.

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Venous Vascular Malformations Symptoms

Symptoms can include swelling, pain, and poor cosmetic appearance. When venous malformations infiltrate muscles and bones, they can cause weakness, stiffness, osteoporosis and brittle bones. Sometimes, firm nodules or calcifications (aka, phleboliths) may be felt inside these lesions. These are usually harmless. Despite these symptoms, which may come and go, patients generally are very functional and can have productive lives.

Types of Venous Malformations

Venous malformations are abnormal clusters of veins that vary in type, primarily based on their location and the characteristics of the affected veins. Here’s a brief overview of the main types:

  • Superficial Venous Malformations: These are visible under the skin, often appearing as bluish marks or lesions. They’re usually cosmetic concerns but can sometimes cause pain or discomfort.
  • Deep Venous Malformations: Located deeper in the body, these affect muscles, joints, or internal organs. They’re less visible and often require imaging for diagnosis. These can lead to more serious complications compared to superficial ones.
  • Localized Venous Malformations: These are confined to a specific area and do not typically spread to surrounding tissues. They vary in size and can occur anywhere in the body.
  • Diffuse Venous Malformations: Unlike localized ones, diffuse malformations spread across a larger area and can involve multiple tissues or organs. They are more complex to treat due to their extensive nature.

During a physical examination, Dr. Panossian and his team can identify the type of malformation based on its appearance, location, and associated symptoms. Imaging tests like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) help in making a correct diagnosis.

Complications of Venous Malformations

Potential Health Risks and Issues

Venous malformations can lead to a broad range of complications, from aesthetic concerns to serious health risks like hemorrhagic stroke or pulmonary embolism. The risk is particularly high in cases where malformations are located near vital organs or in the brain tissues.

When to Seek Medical Attention

It’s crucial for individuals with suspected Venous Vascular Malformation to seek medical attention for an accurate diagnosis and to understand the potential risks. Early detection and management can prevent complications and improve the quality of life.

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Diagnosis of Venous Malformation

As with other vascular malformations, there is much confusion in proper diagnosis. They may be referred to as “cavernous hemangiomas.” This is a misnomer since true hemangiomas are considered benign tumors and behave much differently than venous malformations. In turn, improper diagnosis can lead to ineffective and unnecessary treatments that can potentially lead to disability or disfigurement.

Surgical intervention and injections to reduce the size of venous malformations (aka, sclerotherapy) may be used separately or in conjunction to minimize symptoms. Often, patients are subjected inappropriately to multiple sessions of laser therapy, resulting in inadequate relief of symptoms and lack of cosmetic improvement.

Dr. Panossian is skilled in the proper diagnosis and interventions necessary for children and adults seeking relief of their symptoms due to venous malformations. Make an appointment today for a consultation

Steps in Diagnosing Venous Malformations

Diagnosing venous malformations typically involves a combination of a detailed medical history, including family history, and physical examination. Dr. Panossian and the care team may also request imaging studies, such as MRI or ultrasound, to assess the extent of the malformation.

Role of Imaging and Clinical Evaluation

Imaging tests play a crucial role in diagnosis, helping differentiate venous malformations from other types of vascular anomalies. MRI, in particular, provides detailed information about the extent and nature of the malformation, guiding treatment decisions.

Treatment Options for Venous Malformation

Treatment options for Venous Vascular malformation range from conservative management to aggressive treatment strategies, depending on the severity and location of the malformation. The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms, prevent complications, and improve cosmetic appearance.

Venous malformations can cause a range of symptoms and complications, from cosmetic concerns to significant health issues. Surgical interventions are often considered when malformations are large, symptomatic, or pose a risk of complications. The type and extent of surgery depend on the size, location, and severity of the malformation.

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Surgical Approaches to Venous Malformation


Involves injecting a sclerosing agent into the malformation to cause it to collapse and scar. This can be used for both superficial and deeper malformations.

Laser Surgery

Primarily used for superficial venous malformations, this method employs laser energy to target and destroy the abnormal veins.

Excisional Surgery

The surgical removal of the malformation. This is more invasive and is typically reserved for larger or more complex malformations.


Removal of parts of the vein through small skin punctures; used for accessible malformations.


A procedure where material is injected into the blood vessels to block the blood flow, often used as a preparatory step before surgical removal.

Preparing for Surgery

Patients undergoing surgery for venous malformations should expect a comprehensive evaluation by their treatment team, including Dr. Panossian. Pre-operative planning involves discussing the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes of the surgery. Post-operative care is crucial for a successful recovery.

Non-Surgical Approaches to Venous Malformation

  • Compression Therapy Use of compression garments to help manage symptoms like swelling and discomfort.
  • Pain Management Medications Includes over-the-counter or prescription drugs for pain relief and to
  • Laser Therapy Less invasive than laser surgery, this method uses laser light to reduce the appearance of superficial malformations.
  • Cryotherapy The application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal tissue, suitable for smaller malformations.
  • Wait-and-See Approach In some cases, especially with asymptomatic malformations, monitoring without active intervention is chosen.
  • Radiation Therapy Rarely used, but can be considered for malformations that are not amenable to other treatments.
  • Beta-Blockers Medications that can help manage some symptoms associated with the malformation, though this use is still under investigation.
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Risks Associated with Treating Venous Malformations

  • Bleeding and Infection Both surgical and non-surgical treatments carry a risk of bleeding and infection. The risk is higher in surgical procedures, especially those involving extensive manipulation of tissues.
  • Scarring and Changes in Skin Appearance Procedures like surgery or laser therapy can lead to scarring or changes in skin pigmentation. While these outcomes are often an improvement over the malformation itself, they may still be of cosmetic concern to the patient.
  • Pain and Discomfort Treatments, particularly surgical interventions, can result in temporary or, in rare cases, chronic pain and discomfort.
  • Recurrence of the Malformation Venous malformations can recur even after treatment. This risk varies depending on the type of malformation and the treatment method.
  • Nerve Damage In cases where the malformation is located near nerves, there is a risk of nerve damage during treatment, potentially leading to numbness or weakness.
  • Functional Impairment If the malformation is in a location that affects bodily functions (like near the eyes, mouth, or in limbs), treatment could potentially impair these functions.
  • Anesthetic Risks Procedures requiring anesthesia, particularly general anesthesia, carry their own set of risks, including reactions to anesthesia and complications related to breathing or heart function.

How Venous Vascular Malformation Treatment Impacts Lives

Patients often report significant improvements in symptoms and cosmetic appearance after receiving treatment. These positive changes can have a profound effect on self-esteem and overall well-being, underscoring the importance of seeking effective treatment.

Venous malformations present a complex medical challenge, but with the right combination of diagnosis, treatment options, and support, patients can effectively manage their condition. Ongoing advancements in medical treatment and a growing understanding of the condition offer hope and improved outcomes for those affected.

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Venous Malformation FAQ

Where can I find vascular malformation treatment near me?

What causes venous anomalies?

How is venous vascular malformation diagnosed?

What are the treatment options for venous malformations?

What risks are associated with venous malformation treatment?

Where can I find vascular malformation treatment near me?

If you’re in the vicinity of Pasadena, CA, Dr. Panossian’s practice provides specialized treatment for vascular malformations. Dr. Panossian is conveniently situated at 39 Congress St., Suite 402, Pasadena, CA 91105.

What causes venous anomalies?

Venous malformations are caused by abnormalities in the development of blood vessels. Genetic factors and possibly environmental influences during pregnancy play a role in their formation.

How is venous vascular malformation diagnosed?

Diagnosis involves a combination of physical examination, review of medical history, and imaging tests like magnetic resonance imaging. Accurate diagnosis is critical for effective treatment planning.

What are the treatment options for venous malformations?

Treatment options vary based on the severity and location of the malformation and include laser treatment, sclerotherapy, and surgical procedures. The choice of treatment depends on individual patient needs.

What risks are associated with venous malformation treatment?

Risks depend on the type of treatment and include infection, bleeding, scarring, and potential nerve damage for surgical treatments. Non-surgical treatments may have fewer risks but also require careful consideration.

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