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A hemangioma is a noncancerous (benign) tumor that is made up of blood vessels. A hemangioma may be present at birth or may appear in the weeks or months after birth (infantile hemangioma). In most cases, the child will have a single tumor, but there can be more than one. Depending on the size and location of the hemangioma, it may interfere with your child's ability to see, breathe, eat, or pass urine.
Infantile hemangiomas usually go through a period of rapid growth in the first weeks after the child is born. They may continue to grow until the child is a year old. They may start to shrink after age 1 and continue to shrink until age 10.
Infantile hemangiomas are formed by cells that normally line the blood vessels. The reason why these cells develop into a hemangioma is not known.
If your child has an ulcerated hemangioma:
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.).
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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