Treatments for Hemangioma in Children

Your Child's Care Begins Here

If your child has a concerning hemangioma, it is time to talk with our multidisciplinary team, which has a core group of providers with experience in vascular anomalies. By working together, our experts from pediatric hematology/oncology, plastic surgery, dermatology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT), surgery, radiology and interventional radiology can come up with a plan for your child's comfort and confidence.

The size, location and growth rate of the hemangioma help you (and us) arrive at the solution. Large or poorly located hemangiomas (such as on eyelids) can cause vision complications and self-consciousness. Treatment may include surveillance or medicines that can help hemangiomas go away faster. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. Your child is in good hands with our pediatric plastic surgeons, general surgeons or neurosurgeons.   

Treatments We Provide

Corticosteroid Medicine

Steroid medicine, such as corticosteroid, helps shrink the size of a hemangioma. It is now more commonly reserved for hemangiomas that do not appear to respond to propranolol or for complicated hemangiomas with other associated symptoms (such as difficulties breathing). It can be taken by mouth or injected into the hemangioma.

Hemangioma Surgery

Laser or surgical removal can shrink or remove blood vessels of hemangiomas.

Propranolol Therapy

Propranolol therapy is now the first-line treatment for problematic hemangiomas. It can be given by mouth two or three times a day.