Cutaneous angioma: the symptoms

Cutaneous angiomas can be of different types, with specific symptoms ...

1 - The symptoms of cutaneous haemangiomas

Cutaneous hemangiomas are totally benign tumors. There are several kinds :

  • The tuberous hemangiomas are often called "strawberries" because they are very colorful, red and often prominent.
  • Subcutaneous hemangiomas often less colorful, more bluish
  • Mixed hemangiomas

The haemangiomas are readily on the face: they grow until around 1 or 2 years of age, then regress very slowly until their disappearance often completely around 10 - 12 years. Sometimes they leave behind only a thin skin, sometimes a little crumpled.

They are totally benign but they can bleed, ulcerate and sometimes leave a visible scar. Those who develop on an eyelid should be closely monitored. They must not prevent the vision of the eye.

If the haemangiomas are multiple, we must look beyond the skin, the organs. For example, in the larynx where they can grow and cause asphyxiation or even eating disorders, or in the nose or ears where the angioma can cause deafness.

2 - The symptoms of angiomas planes.

Planar angiomas are also called "wine-colored" spots. Just because they have a color between pink and purple.

They are present from birth, but sometimes appear late from a few days after birth to several years later.

The planar angiomas sit more readily at the level of the head and the neck. They can also develop in the limbs, thorax.

They should not be confused with the slightly purplish spots, popularly known as "kissing the angel", which are very common in babies and preferably sit between the eyes, on the forehead, on the nape of the neck. These disappear in a few months.

3 - The symptoms of other angiomas

Sometimes the cutaneous angiomas are multiple, or extended to the underlying organs. In this case, they can cause troubles in their operation. For example, at the level of the brain, where angiomas can lead to serious neurological disorders.

When an angioma sits near the spine, it must seek neurological disorders of the lower limbs and bladder function, which would be the result of the deep localization of the angioma in the spinal cord.

Stellate angiomas are small, very red punctiform spots from which filiform red lines start.

Ruby spots, also called senile angiomas, appear around 40 years of age. They may appear on the lip in the form of a single round nodule, ranging from blue to red, or on the thorax in the form of globular red-colored papules a few millimeters in diameter.

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