Infantile Hemangiomas: How Common Are They? A Systematic Review of the Medical Literature

Solano Dermatology Associates, Vallejo, California, USA.
Pediatric Dermatology (Impact Factor: 1.02). 03/2008; 25(2):168-73. DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2008.00626.x
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No published prospective studies have been published for several decades examining the incidence of hemangiomas. Older studies were performed before the delineation of "hemangiomas" from other vascular birthmarks was well-established. The objective of our study is to critically re-examine the literature reporting the incidence of infantile hemangiomas to determine if the true incidence is actually known. We performed both an electronic database search and hand search of the medical literature on the natural history of hemangiomas in full-term newborns and infants. A total of seven articles were found comprising two study populations: newborns <2 weeks of age and infants over the age of 2 weeks. All studies included samples sizes >500 patients including both hospital-based and primary care settings. Study designs ranged from retrospective chart reviews to cross-sectional cohort studies. Descriptive nomenclature was not uniform between studies, and all had methodologic limitations including problems of definition and study design. Studies estimating the true incidence of infantile hemangiomas are all many decades old and have significant methodologic issues limiting their ability to determine hemangioma incidence. Future studies in primary care settings using the currently accepted classification schema of vascular birthmarks may more accurately define the incidence and potential impact of this common vascular tumor of infancy.

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    • "Importantly, the incidence of hemangioma in the general population remains largely under-valued by pediatricians and under-explored by the scientific literature, as shown in Kilcline's revision [33] "
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives This study aimed to verify whether the infantile hemangioma (IH) incidence in children whose placentas showed a chorangioma is higher than in the general population, thus addressing the hypothesized relationship between chorangioma and IH. Methods All chorangioma diagnoses by the 1st Service of Pathology, University of Padova in 2004-2010, based on the analysis of placentas sent by the Department of Gynecological Sciences and Human Reproduction (University of Padova), were identified. Demographic, anamnestic and clinical data were collected from the mothers and newborns; mothers and pediatricians were interviewed by telephone within 1 year after birth to verify if any IH appeared. The incidence rates of IH and other adverse events (IUGR, preterm delivery, cesarean section, stillbirth) were compared with national and regional data, when available, or with estimates from the scientific literature. Results Thirty-eight chorangioma diagnoses were found. Of 33 infants born with a placenta affected by chorangioma, 18 infants had IH. The IH incidence recorded in our series (55%) was significantly higher than that recorded in national and regional surveys and in the scientific literature. Similar findings have been observed for the incidence of stillbirth, preterm birth and low birth weight incidence. Conclusions The IH incidence observed in our series appears to be significantly higher than that recorded among the general population, suggesting that an association between placental chorangioma and IH could exist which should be further verified in prospective studies.
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    • "Infantile hemangioma (IH) is the most common tumor of infancy with an incidence between 1 and 9%, varying by race [1]. The molecular mechanisms underlying pathogenesis remain incompletely understood, but the clinical course follows a stereotyped pattern: a phase of early vascular proliferation over the first year of life followed by a gradual phase (1e7 years in duration) of spontaneous involution and replacement of vascular channels by fibro-fatty tissue. "
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    ABSTRACT: Infantile hemangiomas (IH) are the most common tumors of infancy. In the typical cutaneous presentation, they follow a predictable and benign clinical course requiring medical intervention only for growth that interferes with vision or respiration, or, rarely, in cases of intractable bleeding. Hemangiomas arising from within visceral structures or surfaces are far less common, but can be associated with increased morbidity and mortality secondary to gastrointestinal hemorrhage, abdominal compartment syndrome, high output cardiac failure, and hypothyroidism. Here we present the case of a three-week-old boy with acute abdomen caused by hemorrhage of a hemangioma of the omentum and mesentery. He underwent operative exploration with debulking of the lesion and was subsequently treated with propranolol. Serial imaging demonstrated gradual involution and he remained free of further life-threatening events.
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    • "They are the most common tumors in infants and children. The incidence is ranged from 1.1 to 2.6%, with the highest estimates approaching 10 to 12% [1]. The life cycle of hemangiomas differs from that of most tumors in that it progresses from a phase of rapid proliferation followed by spontaneous involution [2]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Infantile hemangiomas are localized lesions comprised primarily of aberrant endothelial cells. COSMC plays a crucial role in blood vessel formation and is characterized as a molecular chaperone of T-synthase which catalyzes the synthesis of T antigen (Galβ1,3GalNAc). T antigen expression is associated with tumor malignancy in many cancers. However, roles of COSMC in infantile hemangioma are still unclear. In this study, immunohistochemistry showed that COSMC was upregulated in proliferating hemangiomas compared with involuted hemangiomas. Higher levels of T antigen expression were also observed in the proliferating hemangioma. Overexpression of COSMC significantly enhanced cell growth and phosphorylation of AKT and ERK in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Conversely, knockdown of COSMC with siRNA inhibited endothelial cell growth. Mechanistic investigation showed that O-glycans were present on VEGFR2 and these structures were modulated by COSMC. Furthermore, VEGFR2 degradation was delayed by COSMC overexpression and facilitated by COSMC knockdown. We also showed that COSMC was able to regulate VEGF-triggered phosphorylation of VEGFR2. Our results suggest that COSMC is a novel regulator for VEGFR2 signaling in endothelial cells and dysregulation of COSMC expression may contribute to the pathogenesis of hemangioma.
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