Treatment of nasal hemangiomas

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Oct;73(10):1402-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2009.07.002. Epub 2009 Aug 4.


Hemangiomas are the most common soft tissue tumors of infancy. Almost 60% of these tumors develop in the head and neck region. Nasal hemangiomas, distort human physiognomy and leave long lasting psychological sequelae. Conservative approach (intralesional corticosteroids, laser) may accelerate involution. Proponents of an early surgery suggest that aesthetic improvement during a critical period in child development can be achieved. Fourteen patients with nasal hemangioma were treated during 5-year period (2003-2007) with intralesional corticosteroids, lenticular excision, open rhinoplasty excision, and circular excision with "purse string suture". The first line of treatment for large nasal hemangiomas is intralesional corticosteroids. Excision is indicated for small hemangiomas, while subtotal excision is preferable for large nasal hemangiomas. Circular excision and "purse string suture" is appropriate for prominent hemangiomas with predominant deep component. In our opinion surgery with maximal care for nasal architecture is the treatment option for nasal hemangioma.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Intranasal
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / administration & dosage*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hemangioma / diagnosis
  • Hemangioma / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Male
  • Nose Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Nose Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Risk Assessment
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones