Tufted haemangioma responding to high-dose systemic steroids: a case report and review of the literature


Department of Dermatology, Ealing Hospital, Uxbridge Road, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3HW, UK.


Tufted haemangioma is a rare, acquired vascular tumour most commonly presenting in the first year of life. Some authors consider angioblastoma of Nakagawa and progressive capillary haemangioma to be the same condition, and include them in the tabular capillary haemangioma complex. There have been only a few case reports of tufted angioma in the literature, with little information on effective treatment. We describe a case of tufted angioma presenting in a 3–month-old girl. Because of the tumour's rapid growth, aggressive treatment was felt to be justified. There was no response to interferon o-2a but high-dose steroids were commenced with good results.