Pictorial review: Vascular anomalies of the head and neck


  • TA Warren MBBS BSc(Hons); M Gandhi MBBS FRANZR; B Panizza MBBS MBA FRACS.

  • Conflict of interest: None.

Dr Timothy Warren, Queensland Skull Base Unit, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ipswich Road, Woollongabba, Brisbane, Qld 4102, Australia. Email: tawarren1@me.com


Vascular anomalies encompass a broad spectrum of tumours and malformations as classified by the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Despite being one of the most common congenital abnormalities, they are often misunderstood in clinical practice: use of the term ‘haemangioma’ to denote any vascular anomaly still occurs. They are found frequently in the head and neck, often as complex lesions that require multidisciplinary management which necessitates an accurate diagnosis. Precise radiological assessment is therefore crucial. This pictorial review will briefly discuss the current classification system of vascular anomalies and the optimal radiological tools for their evaluation.