Conditions and Treatments from the Vascular Anomalies Center

Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)

Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs) are abnormal connections between arteries and veins that are congenital (present at birth). They don't have the normal network of tiny vessels (capillaries) that

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Birthmarks

When you saw that your baby had a birthmark, you may have been concerned. But rest assured that birthmarks are very common in infants—and most of them are pretty harmless. Birthmarks are areas of

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Capillary malformation

When you saw that your baby had a birthmark, you may have been concerned. But rest assured that birthmarks are very common in infants—and most of them are pretty harmless. A capillary malformation

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CLOVES Syndrome

Overview In 2006, Boston Children’s Hospital interventional radiologist and Vascular Anomalies Center Co-Director Ahmad Alomari, MD, MSc, FSIR, discovered a very rare congenital (present at birth)

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Craniofacial Anomalies

Overview Craniofacial anomalies (CFA) are a diverse group of deformities in the growth of the head and facial bones. These abnormalities are congenital (present at birth). Some are mild and some are

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Cutis marmorata telangiectatica congeita (CMTC)

Cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita (CMTC) is a rare, deep purple, marble- or net-like birthmark. It is mostly cosmetic, and while it is present at birth, it fades considerably over a child's

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Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma

Overview What is epithelioid hemangioendothelioma? Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a rare vascular tumor or anomaly that’s not widely understood. Some describe it as a type of cancer, and in

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Fibro Adipose Vascular Anomaly

A fibro-adipose vascular anomaly (FAVA) is a painful vascular anomaly where a significant portion of a muscle in one of a child's limbs is taken over by tough, fibrous, fatty tissue. FAVA has only

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Gorham Stout Disease

Boston Children’s Hospital is a world leader in diagnosing and treating Gorham-Stout disease, a very rare bone disorder involving the vascular channels next to and within the bone. There have been

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Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma

Overview What is kaposiform hemangioendothelioma? Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (KHE) may look like a birthmark, but is actually a benign tumor of a child's blood vessels. It's not a cancer; rather,

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Kasabach-Merritt

Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon (KMP) is a complication in which certain vascular tumors trap and destroy platelets. It can be a serious complication because platelets help form blood clots to stop

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Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome

Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS) is a rare congenital (present at birth) vascular anomaly that results in your child having a large number of abnormal blood vessels. No one knows the precise cause.

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Lymphatic Malformation

A lymphatic malformation (LM) is a sponge-like collection of abnormal growths that contain clear fluid. probably caused by a developmental error in the womb no known food, medication, or activity

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Parkes Weber Syndrome

Overview At Children’s Hospital Boston, we know how difficult a diagnosis of Parkes Weber syndrome (PWS) can be, both for your child and for your whole family. It’s a rare condition that’s not widely

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Sturge-Weber Syndrome

If your child has Sturge-Weber syndrome, it means that she was born with a vascular birthmark and neurological abnormalities. Seizures develop in 75 to 90 percent of all children with the syndrome.

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Vascular Malformations, Tumors, and Hemangiomas

Vascular malformations, tumors and hemangiomas all refer to a variety of non-cancerous birthmarks and lesions. Boston Children's Hospital is home to internationally renowned physicians for their

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Venous Malformation

Overview We know it can be hard to hear that your child has a venous malformation (VM). But at Boston Children’s Hospital, we view the diagnosis as a starting point: Now we’re able to begin the

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Tufted Angioma

Tufted angioma is a benign (non-cancerous) vascular tumor and mild variant of Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (KHE). On biopsy, a tumor may be called tufted angioma, KHE or “tufted angioma/KHE

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