A angioma usually disappear over time

Written by: Dra. Eulalia Baselga Torres
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Specialists in Child Dermatology to sign an angioma, also known as "craving", "hemangioma" or "strawberry mark" is a benign tumor of the skin. The angiomas are very common in childhood.


The angioma appears during the first weeks of life and grow between 3 and 5 first months of life. It is from the first year when they start to regress slowly, so that 5 or 6 years of life are no longer visible.

A angioma usually disappears almost completely with the passage of time. In some cases they may leave a residue or signal in the form of small veins (telangiectasia), skin texture somewhat different from normal skin or excess skin remaining. Most angiomas have completed their involution at 5 years of age, although sometimes they can continue to improve to 9 to 10 years.


An angioma is dangerous?

The angiomas are benign lesions, but in approximately 10% of patients can lead to complications or sequelae, due in some cases by their location, ie whether they are near a vital structure as eyes, nose, mouth or the genital region. You can also create complications if numerous cutaneous hemangiomas appear, since in these cases there is an increased risk of an angioma in an internal organ.

Another possible complication is ulceration. An ulcerated angioma is painful and can leave a permanent scar. In addition, some large angiomas on the face can lead to other disorders.


Angioma Treatment

Most require no treatment angiomas. In the event that the angioma is very visible or bulky, it is important to monitor the angioma in the first weeks, as is its period of rapid growth.

The main treatment for angioma is propranolol. You can also specify the use of beta-blonqueantes topics, laser or surgery if the angioma is very visible, has been ulcerated or expected to be sequelae.

It is important that the treatment decision is valued by a pediatrician or a pediatric dermatologist to decide what type of treatment for each patient. The decision on whether to treat an angioma should be taken early to prevent the Angioma continues to grow and allow greater sequel or residue.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Eulalia Baselga Torres
Pediatric dermatology

Dr. Baselga is a renowned specialist in Pediatric Dermatology. He has more than 25 years of experience in the profession and extensive training in different fields of the specialty. In particular, its main field of research and excellence are hemangiomas and vascular lesions. He has also devoted special attention to patients with atopy, coordinating for years the School of Atopy of the Hospital of Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

Throughout her career, Dr. Baselga has combined her care work with teaching, directing for 10 years the Master of Pediatric Dermatology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as co-directing two doctoral theses and several dissertations. In addition, it develops an important research work, actively participating in 10 professional and international associations. He has chaired the Spanish Pediatric Dermatology Group and currently chairs the Hemangioma Investigator Group, and is also a member of the European Society for Pediatric Dermatology.

Currently, she is head of the Dermatology Department of the Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital and until this year she was the coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Unit of Angiomas and Vascular Malformations of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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