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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2000 October;135(5):617-9

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

A case of verrucous hemangioma

Rubegni P., De Aloe G., Simplicio Cherubini F., Taddeucci P., Fimiani M.

From the Department of Dermatological Sciences University of Siena, Siena


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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.

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