Histopathology of Vascular Anomalies

Department of Pathology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA.
Clinics in plastic surgery (Impact Factor: 0.91). 01/2011; 38(1):31-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.cps.2010.08.007
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Over the past decade, many changes and updates have occurred in the world of vascular anomalies, including their histopathology. An appreciation has developed that a combined team approach is optimal in arriving at a correct diagnosis. Technical advances such as immunohistochemical stains for GLUT1, an excellent marker for infantile hemangioma, and vascular immunostains such as D2-40, PROX1, and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3, which distinguish lymphatics from arteries and veins, have been of immense help in daily practice.

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