Capillary hemangioma, the most common tumor of infancy, usually does not require any treatment, but in a minority of cases it may cause morphologic, functional, or life-threatening complications. The authors report a case of a vulvar emangioma complicated by life-threatening hemorrhage not responsive to corticosteroids therapy, which showed no signs of spontaneous involution. The therapeutic approach consisted of 3 steps of selective arterial embolizations followed 5 months later by surgical excision and reconstruction of the vulva. Selective embolization rarely is used in the treatment of hemangiomas but may be required in cases of intractable bleeding, severe heart failure, large and poorly involuting hemangiomas, and as preparation for surgery. The results of the combined approach in this case are reported, and the indications discussed.
|Journal||Journal of Pediatric Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2002|
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