Cavernous Hemangioma at 40x Magnification
Many cavernous hemangiomas are not treated when they are first observed because more than 90 percent disappear on their own by the time the patient reaches puberty. When problems arise from the growths or when treatment is desired for cosmetic reasons, however, several different therapeutic techniques may be employed. Small hemangiomas can sometimes be successfully treated with corticosteroid injections, but surgery is often necessary for larger growths. Individuals who have one or more hemangiomas that are swiftly growing or are chronically ulcerated may be prescribed oral corticosteroids, which can slow growth and control inflammation. In cases where a hemangioma has shrunk but not completely disappeared, laser therapy can be utilized to cosmetically improve the skin.