Vascular tumors and malformations are among the most common birthmarks developed in infancy, affecting some 400,000 children each year. While most of these birthmarks are benign growths (of no danger to the child’s health), they can be some of the most physically and psychologically debilitating disorders for children and their families.
Many vascular birthmarks require no medical intervention, but complicated lesions may need treatment. A variety of diagnostic tools and treatment options are available today, and the decision whether to treat — and how to treat the lesion — depends on many factors, including the child’s age, the size and location of the lesion, and the seriousness of the condition.
State-of-the-art Care at Rady Children’s
The Vascular Lesion and Birthmark Center, under the leadership of international experts Sheila Friedlander, M.D., and Lawrence Eichenfield, M.D., provides state-of-the-art care. Our renowned multidisciplinary team, which includes pediatric dermatologists, plastic surgeon Ralph Holmes, M.D., otolaryngologists, interventional radiologists, orthopedists, and hematologist/oncologists, is devoted to treating children and adolescents with deforming and multifaceted hemangiomas and vascular lesions, including venous, lymphatic, arterial and vascular malformations. The Center also evaluates and treats challenging birthmarks, including congenital moles (nevi) and nevus sebaceous.
To provide highly personalized care, our experts develop a treatment plan based on the child’s unique needs. Cutting-edge research and innovative therapies are used to ensure the best possible outcomes.