Vascular Anomalies

What Are Some Of The Key Tests Used To Identify, Diagnose, And Classify Vascular Anomalies?

Experienced vascular anomalies specialists can make the correct diagnosis based on the history, clinical presentation, and appearance of the vascular anomaly. Testing may include blood tests, ultrasound, x-ray, MRI, lymphoscintigram, eye examination by an ophthalmologist, bronchoscopy, endoscopy, etc., depending on the location or characteristics of the vascular anomaly. The most frequently ordered diagnostic tests are […]

Should We Get A Second Opinion?

It is your right to obtain further medical opinions. These are best provided by physicians familiar with vascular malformations. Your physician or one of the patient advocacy sites can provide you with names of experts close to where you live. If you are seeking a second opinion, it will be important to bring all pertinent […]

How Do I Know If The Physician Performing My Treatment Procedure is Properly Qualified?

Through a vascular anomalies center patients benefit from being able to consult with an experienced inter-disciplinary team that works together to formulate the best treatment plan for each patient. This collaborative approach provides a system of checks and balances wherein multiple professionals strategize about the best individualized approach. Patients and families may choose to ask […]

What Doctors and Specialists Will Need to be Involved?

Patients who have access to a multidisciplinary vascular anomalies program will benefit from early referrals to appropriate experienced subspecialists who work together to coordinate evaluation, treatment, and management. Depending on a person’s individual case, specialists from interventional radiology, cardiology, plastic surgery, hematology, surgery, dermatology, otolaryngology, oph-thalmology, orthopedics, physiatry, radiology, and other specialty areas may be […]

How Does Working With A Multidisciplinary Team Of Specialists Help In The Diagnosis Of Vascular Anomalies?

Vascular anomalies are often medically complex, requiring input and treatment by a number of specialists. A multidisciplinary team approach will allow your care to be coordinated among doctors of many specialties. Patients with vascular anomalies often have a number of medical issues that are interrelated. Because members of your treatment team have different areas of […]

How Do I Find A Qualified Doctor To Diagnose And Evaluate A Vascular Anomaly?

Many patients with vascular anomalies are initially misdiagnosed. In fact, most adult patients who have been told they have a hemangioma actually have a vascular malformation. Various patient support organizations provide referral information for consumers and prospective patients about vascular anomalies centers and physician specialists. Many of these support organizations provide networking opportunities for families […]

What Is The History Of The Field Of Vascular Anomalies?

Vascular anomalies are not new. Throughout history, there have been references to vascular anomalies, yet the study of these disorders has not traditionally been emphasized in medical training. In recent years, how-ever, research in the mechanisms of blood vessel growth and development has led to therapies to inhibit unwanted vessel growth (as seen in cancers […]

How Common are Vascular Anomalies?

Approximately one in ten children are born with a hemangioma. Of these children, about half will require medical intervention of some type. Because hemangiomas are not typically present at birth, they are not listed on birth registries. Most hemangiomas are harmless and require observation at most. Early referral to specialists for potentially at-risk patients can […]

What Causes Vascular Anomalies?

The majority of vascular anomalies appear to be sporadic (that is, there is no specific known cause). Rarely, multiple family members have had hemangiomas; when this occurs, researchers have been able to gain insight into potential genetic predispositions to hemangiomas and other vascular lesions. In recent years, a number of genetic mutations have been identified […]

How Do Vascular Anomalies Affect A Person’s Circulatory System?

Patients with vascular anomalies have differences in blood and/or lymphatic vessels. Based on the location(s) and complications (which are either already present or are anticipated to arise), there may be visible changes to a person’s appearance (which may cause functional impairment) and/or abnormalities of the functions of these vessels. Arteriovenous malformations, hepatic hemangiomas with shunting, […]

What is a Vascular Avnomaly?

The term vascular anomaly refers to a wide range of disorders that vary in their presentation and medical seriousness. Although vascular anomalies are growths of vascular tissue and/or extra blood vessels, they are not cancerous. They are generally divided into two distinct categories based on their likelihood to grow: 1. Static (not growing) 2. Proliferative […]

What Are Endothelial Cells?

Endothelial cells are thin cells that make up the blood vessels and play an important role in the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Endothelial cells create a lining, the endothelium, inside heart and blood/ lymphatic vessel walls. This special vessel lining improves the ability of blood components to be pumped farther and more efficiently throughout the […]

What Are The Key Components Of Blood And Lymphatics?

When discussing vascular anomalies, we are focusing on the blood and lymphatic vessels, which carry blood and lymphatic fluid. Blood vessels are the tubes through which blood flows. Blood consists of cellular components as well as plasma, which perform many important functions. Lymphatic fluid plays an important role in fluid balance and infection control. Disorders […]

What Is The Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is composed of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and lymphatic ducts. Lymphatic fluid containing proteins, nutrients, and white blood cells (also called lymphocytes) circulate within lymphatic vessels. The lymphatic system helps maintain the body’s balance of fluids, absorbs fats from the intestines to the bloodstream, and helps fight infections. Lymph nodes are a […]

What Is The Role And Function Of Arteries, Veins, And Capillaries?

The arteries, veins, and capillaries are responsible for transporting blood throughout the body . Their function can be described as follows: Arteries are muscular, elastic vessels that carry oxy-gen-rich blood out to the body. The arterial system pushes blood throughout the body and bears the highest circulatory pressures; arteries close to the skin produce a […]

What is the Circulatory System?

The circulatory, or cardiovascular, system is a complex body system that transports oxygen, nutrition, and waste throughout the body. The circulatory system networks the heart, blood vessels, arteries, and lungs in order to move blood and lymphatic fluid within the body. The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood to the body through the arteries. Veins send blood […]