Congenital Tufted Angioma


Address correspondence to Elizabeth Satter, M.D., Department of Dermatology, Naval Medical Center San Diego, 34800 Bob Wilson Dr., San Diego, CA 92134, or e-mail:


Abstract: A 7-year-old Filipino girl presented to the dermatology clinic with a slowly enlarging plaque on the inner aspect of her upper left arm. Although she had this lesion since birth, it had gradually enlarged and become indurated and slightly painful. The histopathologic examination showed a vascular proliferation within the dermis, with a “cannonball” appearance consistent with a tufted angioma. We review the literature and discuss the clinical presentation of this rare vascular tumor.