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Pediatric Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations

Key Points About Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations

  • Hemangiomas and vascular malformations are noncancerous growths. They show up at birth or soon after birth. They’re also called birthmarks.
  • The cause of these growths often isn’t known. They may run in some families.  
  • Hemangiomas grow quickly after birth and they then start to shrink. They may go away without treatment.
  • Vascular malformations grow slowly throughout life but do not shrink. They usually require treatment.


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Providers Who Treat Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations


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Departments that Treat Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations

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The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

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Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology

The Neuroradiology program offers state-of-the-art neuroimaging abilities including magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance angiography, spectroscopy and functional MRI.

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Vascular Anomalies Clinic

The Vascular Anomalies Clinic brings all of the necessary pediatric specialists together -- in one place -- for individual evaluation and treatment of children with vascular anomalies.