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Hemangiomas of the Head and Neck

Hemangiomas of the Head and Neck

What are Hemangiomas of the Head and Neck?

This program is the only one of its kind in Texas, and one of a handful across the nation. It offers a unique level of expertise in the management and treatment of patients with hemangiomas specific to  children and adolescents. We are the only program in Dallas to offer pediatric neurosurgery and neuro-radiology coverage 24 hours a day by specialized, dedicated pediatric providers.

Please email ccdc@childrens.com to schedule an appointment.

What are the signs and symptoms of Hemangiomas of the Head and Neck?

  • The appearance of a hemangioma depends on its location. It can occur anywhere on the body.
  • If it is on the surface of the skin, it often looks like a berry.
  • If it is under the skin, it can appear to be an area of blue-colored swelling.

How are Hemangiomas of the Head and Neck diagnosed?

Hemangiomas are typically diagnosed by appearance and by biopsy with pathology testing.

What are the causes of Hemangiomas of the Head and Neck?

It is not well understood why hemangiomas occur. There are no known associations between maternal diet, environment or behaviors.

How are Hemangiomas of the Head and Neck treated?

  • Most hemangiomas go away without treatment, shrinking and fading before age 5. But some hemangiomas do need treatment, depending on the location and severity of the malformation.
  • Treatment includes embolizationa minimally invasive treatment that reduces blood flow, with potential surgical removal of the hemangioma if necessary.
  • Medication to prevent the hemangioma from growing may also be prescribed.