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Haemangioma: clinical course, complications and management
Article first published online: 8 JUL 2013
© 2013 British Association of Dermatologists
British Journal of Dermatology
Volume 169, Issue 1, pages 20–30, July 2013
How to Cite
Luu, M. and Frieden, I.J. (2013), Haemangioma: clinical course, complications and management. British Journal of Dermatology, 169: 20–30. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12436
Conflicts of interest I.J.F. is a consultant for Pierre Fabre Dermatology
- Issue published online: 8 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 8 JUL 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 22 MAY 2013 10:51AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 MAY 2013
Despite their high incidence, most infantile haemangiomas (IH) do not require treatment as they regress spontaneously and most do not leave significant sequelae. For the subset of haemangiomas that require treatment, indications for intervention can be divided into three main categories: ulceration, disfigurement and impairment of function or vital structures. In addition, certain IH have a risk of associated structural anomalies. Given the wide heterogeneity of haemangiomas, deciding which haemangiomas need intervention and when to intervene requires a detailed knowledge of natural history and clinical indicators of increased risk.