Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hemangiomas are noncancerous growths that form due to an abnormal collection of blood vessels. Because they are congenital, most people develop them before birth, while they are still in the womb. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about hemangiomas in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A hemangioma is a birthmark that most commonly appears as a rubbery, bright red nodule of extra blood vessels in the skin.

Sometimes called a strawberry mark, a hemangioma may be present at birth, but more often appears during the first several months of life. It starts out as a flat red mark anywhere on the body, most often on the face, scalp, chest or back.

During your childs first year, the red mark grows rapidly and becomes a spongy mass that protrudes from the skin. The hemangioma then enters a rest phase and, eventually, it begins to slowly disappear.

Half of all hemangiomas resolve by age 5, and nearly all hemangiomas are resolved by age 10. Although the color of the birthmark also fades, faint but permanent discoloration of the skin or residual extra skin may remain.

Your childs doctor will monitor the hemangioma during routine checkups. Contact your childs doctor if the hemangioma bleeds, forms a sore or appears infected.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.