MRI and CT of a haemangioma of the mandible in Kasabach-Merritt syndrome

Neuroradiology. 2000 Mar;42(3):215-7. doi: 10.1007/s002340050050.


Since the description in 1940 of Kasabach-Merritt syndrome (KMS) in patients with capillary haemangiomas, several other vascular tumours have been recognised as possible causes of this coagulopathy. The literature suggests a specific histological pattern of vascular tumours responsible for KMS, excluding capillary haemangioma [1]. There is an extensive literature on, haemangiomas accompanied by thrombocytopenia, and imaging of thrombosis in the lesion, especially cavernous haemangioma of the liver. However, no report has described a haemangioma of the mandible in the acute stage of the coagulopathy, or serial examinations of such a lesion. We report the features of a mandible lesion with KMS and discusses the interpretations of the changes observed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hemangioma, Capillary / complications
  • Hemangioma, Capillary / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Mandibular Neoplasms / complications
  • Mandibular Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Syndrome
  • Thrombocytopenia / complications*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed