Treatments for Fibro Adipose Vascular Anomaly

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What are the options for treatment of a fibro-adipose vascular anomaly?

As FAVA is such a new diagnosis, there is no single widely accepted approach to treatment. However, the following treatments may be recommended:

  • Surgical removal – to relieve difficulties in extending or flexing the affected limb (e.g., tendon lengthening), or to remove the fatty, fibrous tissue that makes up the anomaly.
  • Cryotherapy – freezing of the affected tissue through a small incision.
  • Sirolimus – a medication that has been used in rare cases that cannot be treated with surgery or cryotherapy.
  • Embolization – a minimally invasive, image-guided treatment that involves injecting a special material or a device into a blood vessel in order to block or close it.
  • Physical therapy – to help a child move the affected limb.

Long-term outlook

As doctors have only recently recognized FAVA as a unique condition, limited information is available about long-term response to treatment. However, the response to treatments has been favorable.

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