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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Feb;58(2):261-85.

Laser treatment of pediatric vascular lesions: Port wine stains and hemangiomas.

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  • 1Skincare Doctors, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.


Pediatric vascular lesions can be medically threatening and psychologically distressing to patients. This article reviews literature on the laser treatment of two common pediatric vascular lesions, port wine stains and hemangiomas. The purpose of this report was to distinguish the lesions from one another and to present the advantages, disadvantages, complications, and limitations of laser treatment for each lesion type. This review is not a comprehensive inventory but instead highlights the studies that best show promising results or the limitations of laser treatment for the lesions. Overall, port wine stain laser treatment promoted notable clearing with low side effects, whereas hemangioma laser treatment provided inconsistent benefits and severe side effects occasionally. Laser treatment of port wine stains is safe and effective, but laser treatment of hemangiomas remains controversial and is best for lesions without deeper components.

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