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November 1949


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;60(5_PART_I):717-721. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01530050079006

ACCEPTED methods of handling infantile hemangioma are with radium, roentgen rays, injections of a sclerosing fluid, solid carbon dioxide, high frequency coagulation and surgical intervention, and with no treatment when a spontaneous involution is expected.

In the last twenty years practically all my hospital and private patients have been treated either with radium, if the lesions were large and cavernous, or with solid carbon dioxide, if the hemangioma was of the small, superficial, strawberry type. Results for the few patients I treated with injections of a sclerosing fluid were not satisfactory, because some severe local reactions occurred and because there was lengthy local discomfort, with consequent family upset. I never attempted to keep an infant under an x-ray machine for the required length of time.

A recent investigation on their spontaneous involution 1 convinced me that the majority of hemangiomas do disappear spontaneously within four or five years, and

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