Vascular anomalies can range from uncomplicated vascular lesions to much more serious vascular tumors and malformations. The Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Program at Cincinnati Children’s offers a multidisciplinary approach and expert assessment for patients with this complex and wide-ranging group of conditions.
The first step for our patients is to undergo a comprehensive evaluation by the hemangioma and vascular malformation team. The evaluation might take one day or may require several days, especially if the child needs to see several specialists or have numerous tests. Our team works hard to schedule appointments so that families can make as few trips to the hospital as possible.
Hemangiomas, other rare vascular tumors and vascular malformations are diagnosed through physical examination, blood tests, biopsies and the use of sophisticated imaging techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography and angiogram.
Comprehensive Treatment Plan
Following the initial evaluation, the medical team will develop a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan will vary depending on the child’s condition. It can include surgery, laser therapy, interventional radiology or medication, or it can involve simply monitoring the malformation over time. After talking with the family about the child’s condition and treatment options, the team will provide a written summary of this information for the family and referring physician.
Children can receive treatment at Cincinnati Children’s, or return home to the care of their referring physician. Our team is always available to consult with families and their physician by phone or email. If patients receive ongoing care at another facility, we still like to see them once a year to assess their progress and make additional treatment recommendations, if necessary.
At Cincinnati Children’s, our state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities are designed around the needs of patients and their families. These include diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology suites and operating rooms.