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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,014
Online ISSN 1827-1820
Rubegni P., De Aloe G., Simplicio Cherubini F., Taddeucci P., Fimiani M.
From the Department of Dermatological Sciences University of Siena, Siena
Verrucous hemangioma is a rare vascular malformation, clinically characterized by the onset at birth, or in early infancy, a single soft, compressible, bluish red patch or nodule with clear margins, usually located on the lower extremities (95%). The growth gradually (years) becomes hyperkeratotic and verrucous. Histologically it is characterised by vascular dilation and proliferation extending deep into the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The overlying epidermis shows papillomatosis, acanthosis and hyperkeratosis of variable degree, depending on site, traumas and infection. The treatment of choice is surgical excision but recurrences are often observed. The case of a 74-year-old man with a verrucous hemangioma located on the left leg is reported.