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Hemangioma (Definition)

An hemangioma is a condition in which a person has an enlarged, abnormal growth of blood vessels on his skin and/or elsewhere inside his body. Large hemangiomas, multiple ones, or dangerously located ones can cause serious problems. Babies with small or few "strawberry" hemangiomas on the skin ...Read more


Dr. Brian Chimenti
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Extreme pain in rt t spine. Mri shows hemangioma from t3–8. No spinal or foraminal stenosis. What kind of surgeon can do ethanol injections?

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Extreme pain in rt t spine. Mri shows hemangioma from t3–8. No spinal or foraminal stenosis. What kind of surgeon can do ethanol injections?

Radiologist: Ethanol injections for hemangiomas are usually done by an interventional radiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Carl Decker
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Radiologist says maybe atypical spinal hemangioma but multiple myeloma can't be ruled out. What does this mean?

Dr. Carl Decker
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Radiologist says maybe atypical spinal hemangioma but multiple myeloma can't be ruled out. What does this mean?

Often benign: While it is often true that the work up for atypical hemangioma results in a benign finding it is important to have further workup as malignancy cannot be excluded. Further workup may include MRI with contrast, bone scan or ct. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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What and where exactly is a spinal hemangioma?

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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What and where exactly is a spinal hemangioma?

Vertebrae: Spine hemangiomas are benign areas of the vertebrae where there are areas of venous collections in the bone but not tumors. If large enough, they can cause potential weakness in the vertebrae if it were to be traumatized. ...Read more

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Dr. Shawn Sarin
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Has anyone had big problems with a spinal hemangioma?

Dr. Shawn Sarin
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Has anyone had big problems with a spinal hemangioma?

Yes, sometimes: Spinal hemangiomas can be incidentally diagnosed. Patients with one can have significant neurologic symptoms however many patients are completely asymptomatic. Please consult a neurosurgeon for further prognostic details. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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What kind of doctor should be consulted for a spinal Hemangioma which is causing significant pain?

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What kind of doctor should be consulted for a spinal Hemangioma which is causing significant pain?

Orthopedic Dr.: I would see an orthopedic specialist

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
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How can multiple myeloma be confused with atypical spinal hemangioma?

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
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How can multiple myeloma be confused with atypical spinal hemangioma?

Hmmm: Conceivably someone may have an x-ray of the spine that shows a "lesion" and the radiologist may not know for sure what it is but i would think further workup should be able to differentiate between the two. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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MRI: "there is a large hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body" What does this mean?

Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Hemangioma: is a benign tumor of small blood vessel. It needs surgical excision depending on size, location, and symptoms. In your case, it is "large" and located in difficult location. It could progress to compress spinal cord, which would be a devastating complication. Consult with a spine surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Zooker
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Scared.Had MRI of cervical spine in 2009 and 2010.Incidental finding of large hemangioma.No action evet taken.Recent back pains.Ref.To neurodurgeon.

Dr. Chad Zooker
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Scared.Had MRI of cervical spine in 2009 and 2010.Incidental finding of large hemangioma.No action evet taken.Recent back pains.Ref.To neurodurgeon.

Patience: Hemangiomas are discovered often on mris and are usually incidental (not the cause of the problem, just found coicidentally). If you have changing or worsening symptoms, then repeat MRI is indicated along with follow up with an orthopaedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon. It looks like you are already on track for that. Remain calm and wait until you can discuss this with the neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Phillip Burrer
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I had a neck MRI that came back normal, but what does it mean that there is a hemangioma in C6? What is it? Does it need to be treated?

Dr. Phillip Burrer
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I had a neck MRI that came back normal, but what does it mean that there is a hemangioma in C6? What is it? Does it need to be treated?

Get a consultation: Spinal hemangiomas are BENIGN tumors that are relatively common. Most cause no symptoms and need no treatment. Some can be in a location that cause compression on blood vessels or nerves. Hopefully the doctor ordering the MRI can give you guidance. If not I recommend you seek out a good spinal surgeon for consultation. Usually they are neurosurgeons or ortho's that specialist in back surgery. ...Read more

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