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Old 03-15-2009, 08:51 PM
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Default Is Hemangioma completely curable if left medicallly unattended till 26

My friend's family discovered a birthmark at the time of her birth in 1983. Later they discoverd that it is hemangioma. over many years they took her to many doctors asking for cure and no one had any at that time. So, it was medically unattended till she turned 25. Over these years, that small birthmark has grown up to cover more than half of the scalp on her head.
Recently, they discoverd a doctor who is attending this and is using laser to burn the tissue and make it dissapear.

It would be a great help if i could get answers to below:
1. Will burning the tissue via laser resolve the problem permanently?
2. If the laser solution doesnt work, and that my friend decides to leave it like that, then will that tissue continue to grow covering greater area of her scalp?
3. Is it likely that hemangioma transferrable to her offspring, if she choses to be a mother?
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:44 AM
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From my understanding, by definition, hemangiomas ALWAYS involute by the time puberty is finished. Back then, though, there wasn't a lot known about vascular birthmarks at all. But there are different kinds of vascular birthmarks and your friend should see a specialist who is qualified to diagnose different kinds, because they require different treatments.

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1. Laser treatment may or may not resolve the problem totally, depending on what kind of birthmark it is and how involved it is.

2. Again, whether it grows a significant amount depends on so many different factors.

3. It is unlikely that she will "pass on" her birthmark to future children. They are not supposed to be hereditary. That said, I do know of families that have more than one child or family member with a vascular birthmark of some sort. There was some research done at one point about placental tissue and birthmark formation that suggested there may be a link, but I'm not sure how that turned out.

Hope your friend is well and if she'd like to get in touch or if VBF can help with any informational resources, please let us know. You do the same, too!

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Old 03-18-2009, 11:51 PM
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It would be a great help if i could get answers to below:
1. Will burning the tissue via laser resolve the problem permanently?

They are not actually burning the tissue to get rid of the lesion...the laser light is absorbed by the blood vessels and this reduces the vessel. Experienced laser specialists know how to protect the skin from damage.

2. If the laser solution doesnt work, and that my friend decides to leave it like that, then will that tissue continue to grow covering greater area of her scalp?
A proper diagnosis needs to be made first to be able to answer this question. I would suspect that if she is an adult and it continued to grow in childhood, teens, adulthood this is not a hemangioma.

3. Is it likely that hemangioma transferrable to her offspring, if she choses to be a mother?
There is no evidence that this can be passed on. In some families b-marks can be more common, but right now we don't have enough evidence to draw a connection.

I would encourage you to have your friend seek advice from one of our "ask the expert" for more information on her type of birthmark. I would be happy to review photos if she would like to email me and forward them to top specialists in the country.

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