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Spider Telangiectasias in Children

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    We can treat spider telangiectasias with pulsed dye laser. It's device that is "tuned" to a specific wavelength of light and produces a bright light that is absorbed by blood vessels. The abnormal blood vessels are destroyed without damaging the surrounding skin.

    Marilyn Liang, MD, Assistant in Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital

    It can be upsetting when your doctor tells you that your child has spider telangiectasias. But don’t worry — they’re fairly common, and usually nothing more than a cosmetic problem. And if you want to get rid of the spider telangiectasias on your child’s skin, we can help.

    Here’s what you need to know about spider telangiectasias:

    • They form as a result of abnormal blood vessels.
    • They look like little red lines on your child’s skin.
    • They don’t cause any health problems.
    • They can be treated with pulsed dye laser.

    How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches spider telangiectasias

    The Vascular Anomalies Center at Children's is committed to providing you with a safe, comfortable and child-friendly atmosphere with:

    • specialized physicians with expertise in treating spider telangiectasias in children of all ages
    • certified technologists with years of experience working with children and teens
    • top-of-the-line equipment that’s safe and effective for kids

    Ours is the largest vascular anomalies center in the world, and we’re known for our science-driven approach. But our doctors never forget that your child is a child, and not just a patient. We specialize in innovative, family-centered care, and the dedicated, compassionate staff at Children’s is incredibly well qualified to care for your child.

    A parent’s perspective
    Our son, Jack, had just turned 1 and needed your services for an issue he was having with his hip. During our few visits to Boston Children's Hospital, my wife and I were exposed to a whole new world. Read about a family’s experience here at Children’s.

    Spider telangiectasias: Reviewed by Marilyn Liang, MD,
    © Children’s Hospital Boston, 2010

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