My son is 3 years old, he woke up one morning with a goose egg size bruise and bump on his head. I took him to the dr. Repeatedly an they said it was a bruise. Finally I took him to a dermatologist an she said it was called a hemo... Something, she said it was swollen blood vessels under his skin, all in one spot. She never fully explained it, an it eats at me everyday, I need to know more about it, but can't find it on the Internet. I need to know if it will ever go away? Will he grow out of it? Please help me. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the term for broken/ swollen blood vessels on a childs head? Hemo..? An does it ever go away?
- 21 Dec 2011 by clfrnaborn
- 21 December 2011
- blood disorders
It is probably Hematoma which, really, is a fancy name for a bruise that isnt flat but had dimension to it (it sticks out beyond the skin level) It is nothing to worry about. It is just a bruise and will fade in time just like any other bruise although it may take a little longer to fade than the average bruise since it is larger. There is also a term called a hemangioma which is a birthmark, but it likely would have shown up before he was three. Hemangiomas are caused by many tiny blood vessels bunched together and vary in severity. Typically, this birthmark can be just that, a mark, or it can grow larger and larger until treated. Hemangiomas can grow very rapidly through the first year of a child's life.
There are two types of hemangiomas: strawberry hemangiomas, which are slightly raised, red birthmarks and can appear anywhere on the body; or cavernous hemangiomas, which are a deeper birthmark characterized by a bluish color.
Most hemangiomas will go away on their own; roughly 50% resolve by age five, 70% by age seven and 90% by age nine.
Reasons to treat hemangioma include problems with functions (such as sight, eating, hearing or defecation), ulceration or pain. Hemangiomas can be treated in different ways, each of which carries its own risks.
Corticosteroid medication, which can be injected or taken orally, is one option for treating hemangiomas. Risks associated with corticosteroid medication include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, poor growth, or cataracts. If corticosteroids fail, there are other medications that may be an option.
Certain hemangiomas can also be treated with lasers to stop them from growing. Risks associated with that treatment include ulceration and scarring.
In some cases, a hemangioma can also be removed with surgery. Other times, a combination of these approaches is the most beneficial treatment. Talk to your child's pediatrician again to see what your options are. If the area begins to fade with time then it was probably just a hematoma bruise. If it is growing larger or not fading then it may be a hemangioma. Either one are not harmful to his being, just unsightly.
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