Endangering cutaneous infantile hemangioma treated with vincristine: a case report

Endangering cutaneous infantile hemangioma treated with vincristine: a case report Infantile hemangiomas are the most common tumors of childhood. They have a well-defined self-limiting natural history. In about 10% of patients, the hemangioma threatens or potentially threatens life or function during the proliferative phase. The most common treatments for such endangering hemangiomas are intralesional and/or oral steroids. Although steroids are well known to slow growth and promote involution in hemangiomas, there may be no effect on proliferation in up to 30% of patients. There are several reports of the use of intravenous vincristine being successfully used for steroid-resistant hemangiomas, although most of these have been described as hemangioendotheliomas. The degree of improvement in such cases is somewhat subjective. We describe a patient with a large steroid-resistant cervicofacial infantile hemangioma causing stridor. The use of intravenous vincristine rapidly improved the clinical state so much that immediate tracheostomy was avoided, and adrenaline nebulizers could be stopped within 1 day of starting vincristine. We believe that this is the first report of objective improvement in the symptom associated with an infantile hemangioma as a result of treatment with vincristine. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Endangering cutaneous infantile hemangioma treated with vincristine: a case report

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-008-0295-2
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Abstract

Infantile hemangiomas are the most common tumors of childhood. They have a well-defined self-limiting natural history. In about 10% of patients, the hemangioma threatens or potentially threatens life or function during the proliferative phase. The most common treatments for such endangering hemangiomas are intralesional and/or oral steroids. Although steroids are well known to slow growth and promote involution in hemangiomas, there may be no effect on proliferation in up to 30% of patients. There are several reports of the use of intravenous vincristine being successfully used for steroid-resistant hemangiomas, although most of these have been described as hemangioendotheliomas. The degree of improvement in such cases is somewhat subjective. We describe a patient with a large steroid-resistant cervicofacial infantile hemangioma causing stridor. The use of intravenous vincristine rapidly improved the clinical state so much that immediate tracheostomy was avoided, and adrenaline nebulizers could be stopped within 1 day of starting vincristine. We believe that this is the first report of objective improvement in the symptom associated with an infantile hemangioma as a result of treatment with vincristine.

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European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2009

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