January 1962


Author Affiliations

Kinderklinik Univ. des Saarlandes Homburg, Germany

Am J Dis Child. 1962;103(1):97. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080020101016

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To the Editor: Mr. R. O. Wallerstein reported a case of giant hemangioma which spontaneously disappeared. This is very valuable news because it shows that x-ray treatment or surgical removal with their unwelcome consequences can be avoided.

I observed a similar case of spontaneous disappearance of the tumor (as described in Kinderärztliche Praxis 28:521, 1960). The newborn baby (boy) was neither treated with x-rays nor otherwise. Thrombopenia of 20,000 (Fonio) stated at the beginning vanished at the same time as the tumor. There remained as residue an atrophy of the skin and a muscle defect without any functional or growth disturbances of the leg.

While investigating 25 cases out of the literature I noticed that the giant hemangiomas in newborns show a rather peculiar frequency at certain parts of the body: 6 times on the left leg, 9 times in the region of the right shoulder, whereas in 5 cases

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