Treating vascular anomalies uniquely
Not all vascular anomalies are alike. Some of these blood vessel problems go away on their own and some need treatment right away. That’s where we come in.
Our specialists are from several medical specialties and have years of experience diagnosing and treating all kinds of vascular anomalies. And because we specialize in treating kids, we’ve seen hundreds of cases, from the more common to the very rare.
Vascular anomalies come in all shapes and sizes. Here’s a list of the many types we treat:
- Arteriovenous malformations
- Capillary malformations
- Hemangioendotheliomas (Kaposiform or other types)
- Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon
- Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS)
- Lymphatic malformations
- Sturge-Weber syndrome and PHACE syndrome
- Venous malformations
Putting a plan together
Once a diagnosis is made, we create a complete treatment plan that’s right for your child. Depending on the diagnosis, different therapeutic approaches will be considered including medication, sclerotherapy, laser therapy or surgical resection with hope of decreasing symptoms or size of the anomaly. Our goal is to treat your child’s anomaly using the least invasive treatments possible.
New treatments don’t scare us
It’s our job to help kids get better. So when new treatments work, we use them. Two new treatments we’re especially excited about include:
- A drug called Sirolimus to treat children and young adults with complicated vascular anomalies. Sirolimus is an immunosuppressant drug—a drug that suppressed the immune system response—that is often used during organ transplants.
- A drug called Propranolol to treat hemangiomas. These benign tumors are the most common type of vascular anomaly we see at Children’s.
And as an organization dedicated to family-centered care, we offer many child and family services and resources, such as interpretive services.