Pyogenic Granuloma

There are different types of vascular lesions of the skin that can affect people of all ages. Pyogenic granuloma, also known as lobular capillary hemangioma, is a relatively common benign vascular lesion of the skin and mucosa that appears as an overgrowth of tissue. The exact cause of this vascular lesion is unknown, but the good news is that pyogenic granuloma is not infectious or malignant.

This vascular lesion usually occurs as a solitary growth that is prone to bleeding and ulceration. One of the most significant qualities of pyogenic granuloma is the rapid development of growth. Pyogenic granulomas typically evolve over a period of a few weeks, causing great concern to those affected and their loved ones. These vascular lesions most commonly affect children, young adults, and adults in their middle age. It is uncommon for pyogenic granuloma to affect infants or senior adults. (more…)

When Should a Hemangioma be Treated?

Hemangiomas are noncancerous growths that form due to an abnormal collection of blood vessels. When parents notice a hemangioma on their child and take them to a doctor for an evaluation, one of the first questions they ask is regarding when the hemangioma can be treated. At The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, we believe that this is the most fundamental question concerning infant and child hemangiomas.

The entire team at The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York strongly urges parents to take their child to a Vascular Anomalies specialist in their area as soon as a hemangioma presents itself. All too often, pediatricians misdiagnose a hemangioma as just a “regular, raised birthmark” and assume that it will go away on its own. While this can be true for some, it is not true for all. Early laser treatments or topical timolol can prevent a superficial hemangioma from developing. For hemangiomas of the face or neck, for vascular tumors, and for vascular malformations, early and accurate diagnosis is essential to providing specialized treatment. (more…)

Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma

Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma is a rare vascular anomaly. Many parents mistake Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma for a birthmark, but it is actually a benign tumor of a child’s blood vessels. Because the tumor is benign, it can continue to grow, but it will not spread throughout the body.

Hemangiomas of the Eyelid


New York NY Hemangioma TreatmentA hemangioma is a benign tumor that is caused by abnormal growth of blood vessels. While hemangiomas can occur anywhere on the body, they are most commonly found on the face and neck. Many infants are bone with a hemangioma present or with a hemangioma that develops within the first few days following birth. Other babies who are affected will develop a hemangioma within the first year of life. Hemangiomas that occur on the eyelids are considered to be a very serious condition due to the risk for causing blindness and the suppression of development of the eye. While hemangiomas gradually decrease in size after the tumors reach their full development, waiting until the hemangioma begins to recede is never advised due to the damage that can occur while it progresses. (more…)

Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome

logo-vbinyKlippel-Trenaunay Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder involving abnormal development of blood vessels, soft tissues, bones, and the lymphatic system. Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome is a life-altering disorder that causes mild to extensive features of the upper or lower limbs, and sometimes the trunk. A child who is diagnosed with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome requires the specialized care of a doctor who is an authority in vascular malformations and their effective treatments.