Spider Telangiectasias

Spider telangiectasias are fairly common and look like little red lines on a child's skin. They are usually nothing more than a cosmetic problem.

  • They form as a result of abnormal blood vessels (a.k.a. a vascular anomaly).
  • Spider telangiectasias don’t cause any health problems.
  • These lesions can be treated with pulsed dye laser.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches spider telangiectasias

The Vascular Anomalies Center at Boston 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 children

The VAC takes an interdisciplinary approach to care with every child they see, whether the patient is initially reviewed at our conference or seen in clinic. It's not uncommon for children on their first visit to the clinic to be evaluated by a whole VAC team at the same time. From there, the team works with you to develop and carry out a comprehensive and coordinated care plan that matches your child's specific needs. The team brings the expertise of other Boston Children's departments and services as necessary to provide your child with the best care.


Spider telangiectasias: Reviewed by Marilyn Liang, MD,
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