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Hemangioma

Hemangiomas are benign tumors which result from overgrowth of blood vessels. They are categorized by the level of skin in which they reside. The types are superficial, mixed and deep. In only about 1% to 3% of individuals are hemangiomas present at birth. Most develop rapidly beginning at 1 to 2 months of age and continue growing until 6 to 9 months of age. After the rapid growth phase, the hemangiomas will spontaneously regress. Approximately 50% of hemangiomas will resolve by the time the child is 5 years old and 90% will resolve by age 9.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis is made clinically by the characteristic appearance of these vascular lesions. Superficial hemangiomas, also called strawberry hemangiomas, are bright red in color whereas deep hemangiomas have a bluish hue.

Management

Most hemangiomas will require no treatment. Lesions may be measured and photographed. They should be monitored for erosion if they are large in size. Hemangiomas located in area which interfere with vision, feeding or breathing may require treatment.

Treatment

Most hemangiomas will not require treatment because they are benign and will resolve without treatment. When treatment is required due to the critical location of the lesion options include surgery which is not often favored due to the resulting cosmetic defect, injections of corticosteroid, oral steroids, laser treatment, oral propranolol or interferon.

Coping

Hemangiomas are painless lesions so specific coping strategies are not necessary for the young patient affected. Parents, however, often need reassurance by being educated about the benign and self resolving nature of the lesions. Parents need to understand that there will be a period of rapid growth and that it can take years for the hemangioma to fully resolve. Parents also need to understand that unnecessary aggressive treatment can put their child at risk for side effects and result in permanent cosmetic defects.

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The doctor explained treatment options

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Front desk performance

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Aesthetician performance

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Office comfort

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What WE DID WELL

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Thorough body check.

#12011-12-20 11:18:43

Doctor spent time engaging my child, and making her feel comfortable before the exam.

#22011-10-17 16:27:23

Doctor Ringpfeil was very friendly, interested and seemed to take a personal interest in me and my husband.

#32018-12-17

respectful and relaxing

#42019-01-01

Both the doctor and medical assistant were very knowledgable.

#52010-11-09 10:53:55

everyone was very kind and helpful! and a nice atmosphere.

#62018-05-19

Everyone was very professional, helpful and friendly. I loved entering my medical info on line and receiving all future info via email. Great way to save the environment!

#72010-12-16 10:06:03

Every aspect was oustanding, most importantly the expertise of the physician.

#82018-09-22

Definitely the best overall dermatology practice I've seen (I've seen a lot). Very well run and obviously the Dr. is extremely expert and knowledgeable.

#92011-06-09 11:41:32

The reassurance that my concerns were addressed.

#102010-11-09 11:24:08

What can we do better?

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website access to new patients more visable on site

#12018-12-26

You often have a long wait time in the room for the doctor. When she does come in it is not for a very long time.

#22010-08-23 17:00:56

There is nothing I can even think of! Wonderful Staff!!

#32011-09-09 15:04:20

Can't think of anything right now.

#42010-10-21 15:50:32

Nothing, Thank you so much.

#52011-03-04 10:10:02

i was completely satisfies with everything and everyone. Even my lateness was not held against me.

#62018-10-20

REDUCE WAIT TIME TO SEE DOCTOR

#72011-01-10 12:20:58

Service was fantastic. No suggestions.

#82011-11-29 13:58:45

Please consider offering more appointments after 5pm since it can be a challenge to take time off from work.

#92018-11-19

I'm speechless!! I make a living at answering this very question but I can't recommend anything you can do to provide better service. You deserve a high score in all aspects of the practice. One minor detail - I have not yet seen the aesthetician and I have limited experience with you. Maybe patients could complete a survey after they've had a couple of appointments and contact with others. Some valuable feedback may be provided. Oops....I just heard an administrator use the word "cancellation" with a patient. May I suggest other terms like "change in the schedule" or "we'll make time for you". Wouldn't want to give patients the idea that it's ok to cancel. :-) Can you recommend a vascular specialist closer to the area than in Center City?

#102011-06-02 14:18:32
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