In a developing fetus, the circulatory system (arteries and veins) and lymphatic system (a system that fights infection) can develop abnormal clusters of blood vessels. These clusters are called vascular (circulatory) anomalies. Vascular anomalies can vary in size and appearance and can be found on the skin or on internal organs. When vascular anomalies involve the skin, they appear as pink, red, blue or purple areas that can be flat or raised.
Many vascular anomalies do not cause problems, but some can grow rapidly, threaten function or result in permanent disfigurement. Although these anomalies develop before birth, sometimes symptoms may not develop until a child is older.
There are many types of vascular anomalies in children. The most common types are infantile hemangiomas and vascular malformations.
Doctors with the Vascular Anomalies Program at Riley at IU Health treat all types of vascular anomalies, including:
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