Vascular Malformations Program
Children treated by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Vascular Malformations Program have access to an experienced team and treatment options they might not have at other centers. CHOP’s Interventional Radiology team is among the most experienced in the world, and our renowned surgical team offers an unparalleled level of expertise in the surgical treatment of complex vascular malformations.
Located within a top-ranked pediatric institution that is committed to research and innovation, the pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeons at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have the expertise needed to provide the best comprehensive care for your child.
Congenital or acquired blood vessel abnormalities can involve arteries, veins, capillaries, lymphatics, and combinations of these blood vessels. Many of these blood vessel malformations are apparent at birth, while others do not show up until later, during the childhood and teenage years. They can occur alone or as part of a genetic syndrome. The most common blood vessel abnormalities that impact children in the first year of life are hemangiomas, the majority of which will improve throughout childhood.
The Vascular Malformations Program specializes in the treatment of blood vessel problems that do not usually go away by themselves. These malformations may continue into adulthood, and in many patients the conditions can worsen and enlarge.
The Vascular Malformation Program brings together experts in Plastic Surgery and Interventional Radiology for your child’s initial evaluation. Depending on your child’s condition and treatment needs, she may also be referred to other specialists to manage her care, including orthopedic surgery, genetics, dermatology, oculoplastic (eye) surgery, hematology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), neurosurgery, urology and pediatric general surgery.