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vascular anomalies

Vascular anomalies are blood vessels that haven't developed correctly. And even though some vascular anomalies don't need any treatment, it's important to get the right diagnosis—the first time. Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota can help.

The vascular anomalies center at Children's is one of only a few in the country dedicated to treating children. We're also one of the largest. That's why parents from across the Midwest and as far away as Alaska entrust their children with our team of specialists.

Our expert team includes physicians from several different specialties, including:

  • Pediatric hematology
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Interventional radiology
  • Nutrition

Together, they form a unique team, able to diagnose and treat all kinds of vascular anomalies from the more common (hemangiomas) to rare (vascular malformations).

Whatever "it" is, chances are we've treated it

It's hard to treat something you've never seen before. And some vascular anomalies just aren't that common. But at Children's, we've got a whole team of experts dedicated to these blood vessel problems. Each year, we see more than 100 new patients with vascular anomalies, and that number keeps rising. So, if you're child has it, chances are we've treated it.

Here's a look at other ways Children's is expertly equipped to treat vascular anomalies.

  • Getting it right the first time around. Just like your child, each diagnosis of vascular anomalies is unique—and so is the treatment. A correct diagnosis takes time, and lots of experience. That's why many vascular anomalies are misdiagnosed, leading to the wrong treatment, or not enough treatment. Our team of experts spends time focusing on the right diagnosis, so we can make sure your child gets the specialized treatment he or she deserves.
  • There's more than one trick up our sleeves. Children's is one of the only centers in the country to offer both drug treatment and surgical options for vascular anomalies. Once we've determined your child's correct diagnosis, our doctors will discuss all available treatment options with you.
  • We've got bragging rights. Our team was the first in the region to treat hemangiomas, a type of noncancerous tumor, with a drug called Propranolol, starting in 2009, with a 98 percent success rate. And to date, we've treated more than anyone in the region with Propranolol.
  • Our spotlight is on kids. Did we already mention we're one of the only vascular anomalies centers in the country that focuses on kids? From infants to teenagers, we've got a special touch for kids of all ages.


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