Pediatr Gastroenterol Hepatol Nutr.  2020 Jan;23(1):72-78. 10.5223/pghn.2020.23.1.72.

Infantile Hepatic Hemangioma: Avoiding Unnecessary Invasive Procedures

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Barmherzige Brüder, Regensburg, Germany.
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.
  • 3Department of Pediatric Surgery, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany. jtrah@uke.de

Abstract

Infantile hepatic hemangioma, the most common vascular tumor of the liver in infancy, can occur with acute postnatal liver and congestive heart failure. Nevertheless, its course is often benign, and many children can be diagnosed and treated without surgical intervention. The distinction from malignant diseases is not always easy and it not clear whether invasive procedures for diagnosis and therapy should be performed. Here we report our experiences in our Center for Pediatric Liver Disease and postulate that large studies are needed to avoid unnecessary invasive procedures for these patients in the future.

Keyword

Hemangioma; Liver; Vascular malformations; Deletion; Infant; Children; Vascular neoplasms

MeSH Terms

Child
Diagnosis
Heart Failure
Hemangioma*
Humans
Infant
Liver
Liver Diseases
Vascular Malformations
Vascular Neoplasms
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