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Old 05-21-2010, 06:06 PM
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Hello. My daughter has a very small (so far) hemangioma just below her left eyebrow. We went to a specialist who has given us a topical drug called Timolol. I have read about it a little bit, but not too much is out there since it's in the research phase still. We started it today. I am most concerned it stops growth. Anyone tried this? Any results?

Also, I am interested in knowing if anyone else's child's hemangioma started out lookin like this? It's hard to tell in the pic, but it's red and flat. It tends to look a little puffed out, but it's not. It started as two very small dots at about 5 weeks and is now slightly bigger and redder. My daughter is 10 weeks now. Thanks everyone.

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Old 05-21-2010, 07:55 PM
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My daughter's didn't appear until she was about 7 weeks old. It began as a bluish pinpoint dot. I didn't even know what it was until a friend asked if it was a hemangioma. Since then it has gotten bigger and redder. Hers is still rather small, probably a half inch in diameter and has just a bit of protrusion. I would guess your daughter's might follow the same path as mine. We have taken her to her pediatric dermatologist and are now going to take her to a pediatric plastic surgeon because they said she is a great candidate for surgery, i.e. it is small, in a good location (side of forehead) and superficial. Her ped derm thinks hers has stopped growing now...she is 9 months. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:06 PM
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Why surgery? Just curious. It's my understanding they go away on their own eventually...

Are we talking laser surgery?
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Old 05-22-2010, 02:14 AM
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We will find out the details at her appointment in June. I will pass on all the info they give me. I am not interested in giving my daughter drugs of any sort. So our only options are surgery, laser and removal. Some doctors are more apt to go the surgery route rather than the 'wait and see' because often times surgery is needed in the end anyways.
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:47 PM
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That H is very small. I would be hesitant to treat it with drugs at this point.
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:51 PM
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AM 240 - Timolol is a good conservative choice for treatment (it is not like propranolol or steroids at all in terms of being a drug with potential side effects) - it's a topical beta blocker so you don't have to worry about heart rate, blood sugar, etc like the other treatments. I've been using it for 3 weeks on my daughters H's and it has kept her's from growing larger - I even think it is shrinking them. Your daughter's H is small so you may see some good results with Timolol - also if you are considering laser do it now because at that size it could be gone in 1 or 2 treatments.
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:59 AM
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well, our doctor said if this doesn't stop it from growing then propranolol is the next choice. i guess getting it removed with a laser treatment is the more humane option, yes? i am not thrilled about the idea of drugs either, but this topical is fine...it's the steroids and hospital admittance that scares me...
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Old 05-23-2010, 04:01 PM
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I'd do laser before propranolol - my daughter has had a few laser treatments on her cheek H and it is really easy and quick - she cries for about 3 minutes and then seems to forget all about it (my daughter is 4 months and we started laser at 1.5 months). Propranolol can have some scary side effects and I'd only do it if my daughters hemangiomas were huge or effecting something vital (one of my daughters is about the size of a pinky fingertip on her cheek and the other is a small one underneath her eyelid). Your daughters is pretty small and if it is that size at 2 or 2.5 months I would say it is probably not going to get crazy big anyway (although these H's are very unpredictable). Good luck with the Timolol!
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:00 PM
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do laser treatments help significantly? do you have any before and after pics?
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:13 AM
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What about just leaving it alone? Not meaning that to sound harsh, I am just wondering if they gave you that as an option?
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