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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2008 Feb;105(2):216-21. Epub 2007 Jul 25.

Spindle cell hemangioma (hemangioendothelioma) of the head and neck: case report of an unusual (or underdiagnosed) tumor.

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Department of Oral Pathology and Surgery, School of Dentistry, National and Kapoedestrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.


Spindle cell hemangioma (SCH), also known as spindle cell hemangioendothelioma, is a unique vascular tumor with combined microscopic features of both a cavernous hemangioma and Kaposi sarcoma. It almost exclusively affects the dermis and subcutis of the distal extremities. A review of the literature disclosed only 5 cases of SCH reported in detail in the soft tissues of the head and neck. An additional case of SCH manifesting as a submucosal nodule in the upper lip of a 29-year-old woman is presented. Because this is the second case reported from the same institution, it is suggested that SCH is an underdiagnosed lesion.

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