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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 42, n° 5P1
pages 809-813 (mai 2000)
Doi : 10.1067/mjd.2000.103985
Treatment of capillary hemangiomas of early childhood with a new method of cryosurgery
 

Sebastian Reischle, MD, Sanja Schuller-Petrovic, MD, PhD
University Clinic of Dermatology, Department of General Dermatology, University of Graz. Graz, Austria 

Abstract

Background: Capillary hemangiomas in young children are difficult to treat. They are a recognized proliferation of benign vascular cells and may be disfiguring because of their predilection for the head and neck. Objective: In contrast to an earlier “wait and see” approach to treating capillary hemangiomas in young children, we sought to determine whether these vascular lesions would respond to a new method of cryosurgery. Methods: In this trial 19 young patients with 24 hemangiomas were treated with contact cryosurgery at a constant applicator tip temperature of only –32°C. Results: Our study demonstrates that this method, used early in the treatment of capillary hemangiomas, in particular capillary and mixed capillary-cavernous hemangiomas, will yield excellent to good response in terms of complete remission and regression without leaving side effects such as scarring or hypopigmentation. Conclusion: Results of our study suggest that capillary hemangioma has an excellent response to even mild cryosurgery. (J Am Acad Dermatol 2000;42:809-13.)

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 Reprint requests: Sanja Schuller-Petrovic, MD, PhD, Department of General Dermatology, University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 8, A-8036 Graz, Austria.



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