Life-threatening haemorrhage as a complication of a congenital haemangioma

Acta Paediatr. 2003 Oct;92(10):1216-8. doi: 10.1080/08035250310005215.


Life-threatening complications of congenital haemangiomas are rare. A case of haemorrhage in a neonate is reported here. A neonate presented a congenital haemangioma of the limb complicated by a massive life-threatening haemorrhage. Colour ultrasonography showed a hypervascularized, highly haemodynamically active mass with a large, superficial drainage vein just under the ulceration. Surgical resection was performed with satisfactory postoperative outcome and no evidence of recurrence.

Conclusion: Early surgical removal can be a good therapeutic option for complicated congenital haemangiomas.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Hemangioma / complications*
  • Hemangioma / congenital
  • Hemangioma / surgery
  • Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Skin Neoplasms / complications*
  • Skin Neoplasms / congenital
  • Skin Neoplasms / surgery