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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 52, n° 6
pages 1088-1090 (juin 2005)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2005.03.014
accepted : 17 May 2004

Treatment of hemorrhagic lymphatic malformation of the tongue with a pulsed-dye laser

Linda C. Wang, MD, JD a, Aleksandar L. Krunic, MD, PhD b, Maria M. Medenica, MD a, Keyoumars Soltani, MD a, Shail Busbey, MD a,
a From the Departments of Dermatology at Brigham & Women's Hospital 
b University of Illinois at Chicago 

Correspondence and reprint requests: Shail Busbey, MD, Section of Dermatology, University of Chicago, 5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 5067, Chicago, IL 60637.

Boston, Massachusetts, and Chicago, Illinois


Hemorrhagic lymphatic malformation (formerly called hemolymphangioma) of the tongue is an uncommon malformation that may pose both functional and cosmetic problems for the patient. The challenge has been to find a conservative treatment with low morbidity and better results than those achieved with surgical excision, which has been the mainstay of therapy. We report a case of successful treatment of a hemorrhagic lymphatic malformation of the tongue with a variable-pulse 595-nm pulsed-dye laser (Vbeam; Candela Corp, Wayland, Mass). In this patient, pulsed-dye laser treatment of the hemorrhagic lymphatic malformation achieved satisfactory functional and cosmetic outcomes. Its use in superficial vascular lesions of the mucosa should be considered.

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 Funding sources: None.
Conflicts of interest: None identified.
Presented at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery–American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery & Cutaneous Oncology Combined Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 9-12, 2003.

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