What are vascular anomalies?
Vascular anomalies are birthmarks or growths resulting from incorrect development of blood vessels. They may be composed of one or a combination of arteries, veins, capillaries, and lymphatic vessels, and may cause functional or cosmetic problems for a patient. A vascular anomaly may be an isolated finding or may affect other parts of the body as part of a syndrome.
Vascular anomalies are divided into two main categories: vascular tumors and vascular malformations. Diagnoses may include, but are not limited to:
- Infantile hemangiomas
- PHACE syndrome
- Rapidly involuting congenital hemangioma (RICH)
- Non-involuting congenital hemangioma (NICH)
- Kaposiform hemangioendotheliomas
- Tufted angiomas
- PTEN hamartoma syndrome
- Arteriovenous malformations
- Venous malformations
- Lymphatic malformations
- Veno-lymphatic malformations
- Capillary malformations
The Center for Vascular Anomalies at Cohen Children’s provides a multidisciplinary approach to the care of infants, children and adolescents with vascular anomalies. We offer complex care to our patients with specialists from hematology/oncology, dermatology, otolaryngology, radiology and other surgical subspecialties.
Our management approaches may include medical, laser and image guided interventional procedures like embolization and sclerotherapy, as well as surgical interventions or any combination of these. Our facility is equipped with a new state-of-the-art, dedicated pediatric MRI imaging center. We also have a pediatric head and neck biorepository for research in this field.
As part of a large specialized children’s hospital, our patients benefit from the expertise of pediatric subspecialists in all fields, Magnet®-recognized excellence in pediatric nursing, and the dedicated care of social workers and child life specialists who work with both patients and their families throughout the course of treatment.
Our goals include the following:
- Provide comprehensive care to patients with vascular anomalies
- Present an individualized approach to each patient and family depending on need
- Provide support for patients and their families by offering guidance and resources for coping with the diagnosis
The management process for a patient with a vascular anomaly begins with making the correct diagnosis. Based on medical history, physical examination, radiologic testing and, at times, a biopsy of the anomaly, we work collaboratively to establish the correct diagnosis for your child. All patient cases are reviewed at routine multidisciplinary meetings, allowing for the development of a specialized, comprehensive management plan tailored to each patient.
Patients may make an appointment with the Center for Vascular Anomalies if they:
- Have a birthmark either the pediatrician or parent is concerned about
- Have any of the diagnoses listed above
- Have a complex vascular anomaly
To schedule a head and neck evaluation, please call (718) 470-7550.
For rush airway evaluations, call (718) 470-3277.