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Old 08-17-2006, 05:05 AM
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Default Adult Hemangioma

Hello. I'm a 22-year-old woman in relatively good health. About a month ago, a growth appeared on my neck, suddenly. It's bright red and (now) about the size of a vitamin pill. I thought it was a mole of some kind and wasn't too worried. It remained the same size for about 20 days, then grew noticably. My mother urged me to see a doctor, but I am uninsured and put it off. 3 days ago, I nicked it with my fingernail while scratching my neck. It bled uncontrollably, and I ended up in the ER. The doctor who treated me advised me to have my "mole" biopsied. I met with a surgeon today who told me it is a hemangioma. She wants to remove it to prevent any more bleeding incidents.

There seems to be very little information on adult appearance of hemangiomas that are not located on an internal organ. Are they that rare? Does anyone know why it didn't express shortly after birth? Is it possible that it is a symptom of a larger problem? (My surgeon wants to send it to pathology)

So far, the only source I've found that mentions adult hemangiomas says that they appear after age 40, are small and concentrated on the trunk, are usually not treated, and are unexplained. The pictures don't look like mine, and I don't fit that profile. Any more information anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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