Background and Objectives
Childhood hemangioma is the most common soft tissue tumor of infancy, occurring in 10% of children younger than 1 year old. Ten percent of these infantile hemangiomas involute yearly without intervention. Treatment with the pulsed dye laser (PDL) is the criterion standard for treating vascular lesions. It is well established as the most effective, safest treatment for port-wine stains. Previous studies of the use of PDL treatment in superficial hemangioma showed inconsistent results. Main objectives were to compare the efficacy and adverse effects of PDL treatment with those of observation in the treatment of superficial hemangiomas. Parental quality of life was also assessed.