Vascular Birthmarks

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“Leave it alone, it will go away” is the instructions doctors specify to patients and parents of children with a vascular birthmark (“Vascular Birthmarks”). According to research, “It is estimated that approximately 10% of births have a vascular birthmark – that’s about 400,000 children per year in the United States alone” (“Vascular Birthmarks”). The two main types of vascular birthmarks are Hemangiomas, a non-cancerous tumor of skin composed of abnormal lymph vessels, and Malformations, an inborn growth of skin containing arteries, capillaries, veins, or lymphatic vessels. It is no longer necessary for patients to suffer through emotional and physical pain while waiting for their lesion to disappear, because today the medical field has advanced its technology and clinical experiences in order to manage vascular birthmarks. However, there is not a recommendation treatment that fits any birthmark; the treatment choice depends on the degree of disfigurement, location, type, and severity (“Birthmarks”). Vascular birthmarks, the benign skin growths comprised of rapidly growing or poorly formed blood vessels or lymph vessels, have potentially life threatening and emotional effects that can often be corrected by steroid therapy, laser treatment, and surgical removal. Generally, steroid therapy, a non-surgical treatment, is only used to treat hemangiomas because their location may cause complications that must be treated immediately. For instance, hemangiomas appears in areas such as the head, neck, cheek, eyes, and nose; these are all locations which may cause blindness, airway blockage, or cardiac failure. According to the Vascular Birthmark Foundation, “Hemangiomas can grow for up to 18 months and then begin a long slow regression... ... middle of paper ... ...- Surgery | Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York." Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York |. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2012. . "Malformations | Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York." Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York |. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2012. . Rozell-Shannon, Linda. "Facts About Vascular Birthmarks and Tumor." Vascular Birthmarks Foundation 1 Jan. 2004: 1-26. Print. Stoll, David M.. "Medical and Surgical Approaches to Cosmetic Problems." A woman's skin. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1994. 109-180. Print. "Vascular Birthmarks." The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation | Hemangiomas, Vascular Birthmarks, Vascular Anomalies. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2012. .

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