Testing and Diagnosis for Blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome

How is blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome based on physical examination and medical history. In addition, your doctor might order:

  • fecal occult blood test, to look for signs of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • blood tests to look for signs of anemia
  • gastrointestinal endoscopy to look for and potentially treat blebs within the GI tract
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-ray or computed tomography (CT), which can help detect blebs within the body

These tests may involve a number of clinicians from several different medical specialties (e.g., pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric dermatology, pediatric surgery, pediatric radiology).

At Boston Children's, testing and diagnosis of children with blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome is coordinated through the Vascular Anomalies Center. Test results help clinicians and surgeons develop a plan of care and treatment tailored to your child's individual medical needs.