Lymphatic Malformations – Tongue vesicles – Bleomycin Injections and Laser Treatment
We have compiled as many before and after photos of our patients to show some of the results that we have achieved. Some of the patients are still having treatments and their photos will be updated after future procedures. Every case is different, but we hope that it helps to see photos that might be representative of what your child is experiencing.
Lasers are primarily used to treat the vesicles (small blisters) that appear on the surface of the tongue and mucosa of the mouth. We use a CO2 laser for this. These patients experience significant symptoms as a consequence of these vesicles. Vesicles frequently rupture and a blood-stained lymph will leak from these sites. In addition to this, these patients are unable to eat any acidic, carbonated or spicy foods since they experience a burning sensation. We use sclerotherapy or in some cases, CO2 laser to treat the vesicles.
Since the lymphatic malformation may involve the entire thickness of the tongue, this treatment may not be curative, but it significantly improves the quality of life of the patient. The treatment is administered under general anesthetic and is usually done every few years. After a patient heals, most or all of the vesicles disappear.