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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 242--244

The steroid benefit in treating complicated haemangioma

Department of Plastic Surgery, Al Emadi Hospital, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Kamal H Saleh
Department of Plastic Surgery, Al Emadi Hospital, Doha
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.59290

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The clinical study included 30 patients with complicated cutaneous haemangioma (ulceration, bleeding, obstruction of anatomical orifices, and interference with function or movement). The patients were studied regarding the age group, sex, site of lesion, size of lesion, and the percentage of regression after treatment with steroid. The age ranged from three months to six years, there were 20 female patients and 10 male patients. We used local injection of diluted triamcinolone 4 mg with 5 ml. 0.9% NACI (normal saline), injected through 23-guage syringe under local or general anaesthesia every two weeks for six to eight sessions depending on the severity of the case, followed by a local pressure dressing. We measured the size of the lesion before each session and recorded the regression of the lesion. The patients were followed up for two years. Haemangioma commonly presents in infants and children, most commonly in females, especially in the head and neck and are usually of a small size. It regresses if the treatment is started earlier.


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