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The Pediatric Forum
February 2010

Terminology Used to Describe Vascular Anomalies—Reply

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Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Azienda Ospedaliera, Luigi Sacco Hospital (Drs Scaramuzza, Mameli, De Palma, and Zuccotti), and Department of Dermatology (Dr Tadini), University of Milan, Milan, Italy.


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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(2):203-205. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.275

In reply

We appreciate the comments from Yan and colleagues. Hemangioma is an all-encompassing term, while the term capillary malformation better describes one of the hallmarks of Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome. We used the term hemangioma only because of the visual appearance of the malformation in our patient,1 but reading the accurate explanation from Yan and colleagues, and in particular the classification by Mulliken et al,2,3 we have become aware of our inaccuracy. We therefore thank Yan and colleagues and agree with them that the term capillary malformation should be used in the future to define the cutaneous feature of Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome.

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