20 December 2012

The Need For Early Intervention

Birth marks arising from blood vessels (vascular malformations and haemangiomas) are the commonest birth defects seen in children.

When the problem is present at birth, it is known as a vascular malformation and it grows very slowly, in keeping with the increase in size of the body.

Birth marks arising from blood vessels (vascular malformations and haemangiomas) are the commonest birth defects seen in children.
While best treated early to avoid the complications that could arise with increase in size, there is no urgency in this situation.

It is a very different story with an haemangioma ,which is first noted as a little red dot, about 3 weeks after birth and with a significant increase in size and colour over the next 2 months.
The traditional approach is one of “waiting and watching” and in a large percentage of cases, the growth stops by 6 months and by 2 years most of the haemangioma has disappeared.

However, the problem is the unpredictability of the growth in the first 6 months, with some haemangiomas increasing in size by 1000 times making it too difficult to treat and causing severe problems to the patient and parents.

The better approach would be for close monitoring of the problem, and if size increase is noted, for early intervention and removal of the problem with surgery or with laser or IPL treatment. This short circuiting of a potential major problem is highly recommended to avoid getting into difficult and untreatable situations.

For more information please contact me at info@pclscoffsharbour.com.au

Dr Chandran Arianayagam

About The Author - Dr Chandran Arianayagam

Dr Chandran Arianayagam is an internationally trained Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Based in Coffs Harbour since January 1995, he has trained and worked in India, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. He brings 30 years of experience and expertise to the Mid-North Coast region.

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