Tufted Angioma

Our team at the Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center has a great deal of experience in the treatment of TA. The type of treatment will depend on whether or not Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon is present.

Without Kasabach-Merritt Phenomenon

Small tumors that don't cause troublesome symptoms may not need treatment. If the tumor has not penetrated into the deeper layers of the skin, laser treatment may make it less visible.

If the tumor involves a large area or if the area is tender, we may recommend a specific treatment.

Treatment options include the following:

  • Baby aspirin by mouth in low doses, a treatment for TA that was pioneered at UCSF
  • Sirolimus, an oral medication that is an immune-suppressing drug
  • Pulsed dye laser to lighten the color
  • Surgical excision to remove the tumor

With Kasabach-Merritt Phenomenon

Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon is a serious but fortunately rare complication of tufted angioma. If it develops, we usually keep patients in the hospital for monitoring and treatment. We may use any of the treatment options listed above, but are more likely to consider oral sirolimus. Other options if KMP is present include Vincristine, a chemotherapy drug, and oral cortisone medications. We may also give intravenous transfusions of clotting factors, to improve blood coagulation, if clotting problems are severe.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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Birthmarks & Vascular Anomalies Center
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353-7823
Fax: (415) 353-7478
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