Haemangioma of infancy
Haemangioma of infancy is also more commonly known as “strawberry haemangioma” in view of its juicy red appearance. It can affect up to 10% of infants.
Haemangioma of infancy may not be present at birth and most are prominent only a few weeks after birth. It then undergoes a period of rapid growth, followed by a “plateau” phase where it remains stable and undergoes an “involution” phase where it slowly begins to shrink in size after many years.
Although not all haemangioma require treatment, it is important to know that in 40% of cases, there may still be residual scarring even after the haemangioma has completely involuted on its own.
There are treatments available for haemangioma of infancy. They include oral medication such as propranolol (which belongs to a group of medicine known as Beta-blockers), topical timolol (also a class of beta-blockers) and laser, known as the Pulsed-Dye Laser. This is a very safe treatment and is well- tolerated.
It can take many sessions of treatment with the pulsed-dye laser but this treatment can give very satisfactory cosmetic results.
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