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February 2013

Vein of Galen Malformation With Cutaneous Signs

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Dermatology (Drs Zussman and Suh) and Department of Radiology (Dr Salamon), University of California, Los Angeles.

JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(2):249-250. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.859

Cutaneous vascular malformations may be the presenting sign of more serious internal abnormalities. This case of vein of Galen malformation (VGAM) illustrates the importance of obtaining imaging studies in select cases.

Report of a Case. A 7-month-old boy presented for evaluation of prominent blood vessels and swelling above his left eye, first noted at age 3 months but rapidly worsening in the month before presentation. Of note, his pediatrician was monitoring him for concerning increases in his head circumference.