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Vascular Anomalies Services

Connecticut Children’s Vascular Anomalies Program specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and cutting-edge care for children with vascular anomalies.

What are Vascular Anomalies?

Vascular anomalies are abnormalities of vessels that can affect capillaries, veins, arteries and lymphatics. Common types of vascular abnormalities include:

  • Infantile hemangiomas
  • Venous and arteriovenous malformations
  • Lymphatic malformation
  • Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome
  • Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome
  • Port wine stains
  • Birthmarks

These abnormalities usually show up either at birth or within a few weeks of age, growing most rapidly at 2-6 months. They may be recognized early on by parents or primary care providers as a red mark on the child.

What can be most concerning regarding hemangiomas and other malformations is the possibility of complications such as vision or airway obstruction, as well as the destruction of normal tissue, especially in anomalies located on the face or head. Timely treatment can result in significant improvement in symptoms and appearance.


Connecticut Children’s Vascular Anomalies Program offers the following services:

  • Diagnosis
  • Radiology testing, including ultrasound, x-ray, CT scans, MRI and angiography
  • Medical therapy, including interventional radiology procedures
  • Surgery
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