About the Infantile Hemangioma Program

The Infantile Hemangioma Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) provides multidisciplinary care to children with both uncomplicated and complicated infantile hemangiomas.

Hemangiomas are among the most common vascular birthmarks in infants and children. In some cases, the growth characteristics of hemangiomas and their tendency to appear on certain areas of the body can lead to complications. PHACE(S) syndrome describes complicated types of hemangiomas associated with other non-skin-based conditions that can involve the heart, brain, eyes, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems.

Because of the potential complications associated with hemangiomas, your child should be cared for by a multidisciplinary team that is prepared to address any related complication associated with the condition.

CHOP’s Infantile Hemangioma Program brings together a team of pediatric specialists experienced in the evaluation and treatment of hemangiomas and the unique problems that may arise in association with the condition. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and treatments such as laser therapy, intravascular catheter therapy and embolization.

Our team members are active in research projects related to better understanding the evolution, pathophysiology and treatments of hemangiomas. We’re constantly seeking to improve the treatment options available to your child.

Your child’s experience

If your child is diagnosed with a hemangioma, our team of specialists will work together to create an individualized treatment plan.

While some hemangiomas will resolve spontaneously and do not require treatment, others may pose risk for health problems or disfigurement. We’ll work closely with your family and your child’s other physicians to ensure he receives all the potential care he may need. Treatment may include medication or pulsed dye laser therapy.

Please contact us to discuss an appointment for your child. Your child’s primary care physician can fill out an expedited appointment request to help us schedule your child sooner.


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