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doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181aa1015
Pediatric Supplement Online: Pediatric Supplement: Original Articles Online

Classification of Vascular Anomalies and the Comprehensive Treatment of Hemangiomas

Burns, A Jay M.D.; Navarro, J Alberto M.D.; Cooner, Rebecca D. R.N., M.S., C.P.N.P.

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Background: The purpose of this article is to review the biological classification system of vascular anomalies and present a comprehensive treatment approach to hemangiomas.

Methods: An extensive literature review was performed for the classification of vascular anomalies. Emphasis was placed on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of hemangiomas, including the authors’ preferred algorithm.

Results: The authors’ comprehensive management of vascular anomalies as described in this article has resulted in high patient satisfaction and an excellent outcome in a majority of patients.

Conclusions: The authors believe that knowledge of proper classification is not just their personal preference but a functional necessity to aid in the treatment of these complex and large lesions. Proper use of the biological classification is inherent to understanding and treating these common vascular lesions optimally.

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