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Strawberry and Cavernous Hemangiomas


Benign developmental vascular tumours that are present at birth or appear during the first months of life, and which characteristically have an initial proliferative and a later involutional phase. Strawberry hemangiomas consisting of superficial capillary elements present as raised purplish-red, lobulated tumours with well-defined borders and minute capillaries protruding from the surface. Cavernous hemangiomas are composed of larger mature vascular elements that penetrate into the deep dermis and subcutaneous tissues. They present as bluish-red masses with less distinct borders. The overlying skin may appear normal or show only a blue discolouration if the lesion is deeply situated. A combination of strawberry and cavernous hemangioma also may occur.




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