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My almost 9 month old needs to take beta blockers for her hemangioma, I am very worried about this drug, can this cause major negative side effects?

My almost 9 month old needs to take beta blockers for her hemangioma, I am very worried about this drug, can this cause major negative side effects?

Hemangioma: Beta blocker drug Propranolol is being widely used for treatment of hemangioma. Treating doctor decides depending on the size, location and severity of the hemangiona. Smaller ones needs only follow up.

The side effects can be: lowering of blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar; cold extremities, restless sleep, constipation.
The other important side effect can be bronchospasm or wheezing. ...Read more

Dr. James Sidman
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Hemangioma (Definition)

A birthmark often appearing as a rubbery, bright red nodule ...Read more


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What is hemangiomas?

What is hemangiomas?

Benign vessel mass: Abnormal overgrowth of blood vessels.
Usually congenital and benign. ...Read more

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What are hemangiomas?

What are hemangiomas?

Collection ofvessels: A complex collection of blood vessels that usually are benign, and usually have a bening history. ...Read more

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How is hemangioma treated?

How is hemangioma treated?

For you or a baby?: In the past, in babies, often treatment involved doing nothing or taking steroids. Small ones not causing functional or cosmetic impairment need nothing. Oral Propranolol is now a fantastic option that works in many cases- it's been revolutionary in managing this problem. This can be given to infants and the earlier it is started, the better. Hemangioma in adults are rare and managed differently. ...Read more

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What can cause hemangiomas?

No one knows.: No one knows what causes hemangiomas. One theory in newborns is that hemangiomas are small pieces of broken off placenta. ...Read more

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What are benign hemangiomas?

What are benign hemangiomas?

Benign: Hemangiomas are collections of vascular tissue in an unexpected location, and of low vascular flow. They are benign (not cancer), and usually painless and asymptomatic. Therefore, they are generally not treated. They are particularly common in the liver, skin, and spine. Having said that, very large hemangiomas can bleed, fracture if in the spine, cause pain, or be disfiguring and may be treated. ...Read more

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How is hemangiomas diagnosed?

How is hemangiomas diagnosed?

Examination: It is raised collection of blood. Small ones are diagnosed by observation. Large ones may be also examined with a sonogram to detect the size. Small ones are removable with vascular laser. Large congenital hemangiomas are now treated with beta blockers. ...Read more

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What is strawberry hemangiomas?

What is strawberry hemangiomas?

Abnormal capillaries: An abnormal network of arterial and venous communications that lead to a red and raised area on your skin. Other than cosmetic, there is negligible consequence. ...Read more

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How large can hemangiomas grow?

Variable: Hey can be obvious on the skin surface or internal. They can be microscopic or very large and physically debilitating or symptomatic. ...Read more

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What can I do about hemangiomas?

What can I do about hemangiomas?

Surgery, laser: Surgery, laser, or medications can permanently get rid of hemangiomas. See a dermatologist or surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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How risky is hemangioma in humans?

Depends on location: Some hemangiomas are not serious at all. Others because of their location can be a serious problem. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get hemangiomas?

Do a lot of people get hemangiomas?

Not common: Hemangiomas are benign overgrowths of blood vessels. The most obvious are on the skin and occur in infancy. But some also occur internally, most not causing a problem, but some associated with inherited vascular overgrowths and internal bleeding with changes in bodily function. See your family doctor or pediatrician if you suspect a problem in this area. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hemangioma?

On skin-visible: Hemangiomas (benign tumors of blood vessels) can occur on the skin (w/ or w/o involvement of the neurologic system)-visible, but not a symptom. Hemangiomas of the liver are common-usually no symptoms. If bleed or rupture can cause pain, fever, even shock. Hemangiomas of the brain are common; no symptoms unless they bleed. Then headache and neuro signs, sympts: depend on location and amt of bleed. ...Read more

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What can be done about hemangiomas?

Depends: It depends on the type and location of the lesion. If treatment is indicated, sclerotherapy and/or embolization are usually the best approaches. This requires evaluation by an experienced physician; and what kind of physician depends on the location of the lesion. ...Read more

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Is multiple hemangioma cureble & how?

Laser or surgery: Dpending on size and depth laser or electrosurgery can remove individual lesions. ...Read more

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What exactly are cavernous hemangiomas?

Blood Vessels Growth: Cavernous hemangiomas are a term used for infantile hemangiomas (ih, also called hemangiomas of infancy) that are localized deep in the skin. We currently prefer to use the term deep infantile hemangiomas. Infantile hemangiomas can also be superficial, or mixed (both superficial and deep). ...Read more

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What can trigger cavernous hemangiomas?

What can trigger cavernous hemangiomas?

Trauma growth: By far most liver hemangioms do not cause any issues at all some are large and like any big complex of blood vessels a traumatic injury like car accident boxing or even skate board fall can break it open or rupture.... Also very rarely they will continue to grow and eventually rupture....These growing hemangiomas become cavernous and may require surgery to prevent unwanted rupture. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies for hemangiomas?

Are there home remedies for hemangiomas?

Not really: The only home remedy for hemangiomas that I know of I have seen in south america. They take copper wires and stick them into the hemangiomas for up to a week, and it does work. They get a lot smaller. Still, would you do this to your kid? I wouldn't. ...Read more

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How to help baby with a deep hemangioma?

How to help baby with a deep hemangioma?

Maybe medication: You should go see a vascular anomalies center specialist, usually at a children's hospital. Your baby might benefit from a medication called propranolol, or laser treatment, or surgery. ...Read more

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Hemangioma over last 20 years where to treat?

Your choice: Phone a few dermatologists or other practitioners who have lasers and talk about what they might be able to offer you that was not available 20 years ago. ...Read more

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What is the definition of a small hemangiomas?

Benign birthmark: An infantile hemangioma, or "strawberry mark, " is a very common type of birthmark made of blood vessels. Most hemangiomas are not visible at birth. They may at first only appear as a small bruise, scratch or a tiny red bump. Unlike other types of birthmarks, hemangiomas grow and change greatly during the first months of life. They may occur anywhere on the skin surface but are most common on hnt. ...Read more

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What can I do about a hemangioma on my secrum?

Hemangioma: Most hemangiomas are left alone. But, there are ways to remove them. Your dermatologist can help you with this. ...Read more

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How do you go about removing hemangiomas in very young children?

How do you go about removing hemangiomas in very young children?

Seldom do: Many will go away on their own but it takes time (by age 4). Propranolol is a drug used that has been used to reduce their size but has risks and must be monitored. If the nevus is in a location that causes problems they can be removed with a variety of techniques. Consultation with a pediatric dermatologist may allow you to decide the best approach for your kid. ...Read more

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I have a hemangioma that hasn't gone and it's been there for 12 years. Is this serious?

I have a hemangioma that hasn't gone and it's been there for 12 years. Is this serious?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What are capillary hemangiomas?

What are capillary hemangiomas?

Nests of capillarys: Infants often have nests of capillarys show up within the first month that can be localized, tiny, round or dominate a large area of skin. They grow faster than the child & surrounding nl skin, peaking in relative size about a year & have a strawberry like appearance. This rapid growth phaze is followed by slowing & reversal, often major patches decline & pale parchment like skin is left. ...Read more

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Could a hemangioma of the spine be dangerous?

Depends where: If it is in the vertebral bodies, where we commonly find them, avoid becoming osteoporotic and they should cause in trouble at all. If you have a rare hemangioma that has developed somewhere else in the spine, it would depend if it impinges on any nerves or the central canal. On the skin it does not pose any danger normally. ...Read more

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What are hemangioma in the liver?

What are hemangioma in the liver?

See below: Liver hemangioma is a noncancerous (benign) mass that occurs in the liver. A liver hemangioma is made up of a tangle of blood vessels. See a GI doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hemangioma?

Leave alone: Small hemangiomas are best left alone. If they are in an area that is dangerous, like near the eye, we can inject them with steroids, use high potency topical steroids, topical Aldara (imiquimod) cream or propranalol with some relief. ...Read more