Infantile Hemangioma could be defined as a benign growth and collection of extra blood vessels mainly in the skin. Infantile hemangioma is the result of dysregulation of the development of new vessels, however the triggers that initiate development of infantile hemangioma are still a matter of debate.The most likely scenario would involve hypoxic stress (lack of oxygen) as the triggering signal. The causes of infantile hemangioma are not well understood. However, we know certain babies are at higher risk of infantile hemangioma.
Although most are not worrisome, around 12% of infantile hemangiomas are significantly complex; requiring referral to specialists for consideration of treatment.
Special Thanks to:
Laboratoire Pierre Fabre Dermatologie
Sharon A Glick, MD
Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY
In Addition: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Shoko Mori, Medical Student
Laura Kaplan, Medical Student
Jaime Alexander, MD
Julie Cantatore-Francis, MD: Dermatology Physicians of CT
Additional Information on Infantile Hemangioma
Hemangioma Investigators Group (HIG): The site is dedicated solely to hemangiomas (predominately Infantile Hemangioma) and it is solidly research based.
The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) provides support and resources for children and adults born with hemangiomas, port wine stains, and other vascular malformations.
National Organization of Vascular Anomalies (NOVA) is a patient support, advocacy and educational agency for individuals affected by vascular tumors and vascular malformation
Society for Pediatric Dermatology: To locate a pediatric dermatologist in your area you can use this link
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