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an overgrowth of capillary blood vessels, seen most commonly in the skin, at or soon after birth, as a soft bright red to purple nodule or plaque that usually disappears by the fifth year. The most common type of hemangioma.
a blood-filled birthmark or benign tumor consisting of closely packed small blood vessels. Commonly found during infancy, it first grows, then may spontaneously disappear in early childhood without treatment. Surgical removal is not usually attempted unless frequent trauma and bleeding are present. However, surgery may be performed later for cosmetic reasons. Also called hemangioma simplex, strawberry hemangioma, strawberry mark, nevus vascularis. Compare cavernous hemangioma, nevus flammeus.
capillary hemangiomaA painless benign vascularised skin lesion which develops shortly after birth.
Many disappear in early childhood.
Local steroid injections often reduce the lesion’s size.