Majority of childhood hemangiomas will regress, but doctors should stay alert to internal alterations

April 1, 2004

Miami, Fla. - Of the two types of vascular tumors-hemangiomas and vascular malformations-hemangiomas are the most common among children. Dermatologists treating these patients should know that while the vast majority of hemangiomas regress spontaneously, without problems, lesions that are segmental, multiple, giant or in certain locations on the body are of great concern. Dermatologists should recognize and treat these early, ruling out the possibility of malformations in other organs, according to Ramon Ruiz-Maldonado, M.D., dermatology, professor of dermatology and pediatric dermatology, University of Mexico, National Institute of Pediatrics, Mexico City.