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June 1956

Skin Hemangioma and Retrolental Fibroplasia

AMA Arch Derm. 1956;73(6):568-571. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550060038007

The increasing interest exemplified in recent articles on retrolental fibroplasia and hemangiomas, as well as the fact that the case we are reporting responded so nicely to therapy, prompted us to make a report on our findings of the incidence between skin hemangiomas and retrolental fibroplasia.

Andrews* reports that there is a definite relationship between cutaneous hemangiomas and retrolental fibroplasia, particularly in premature infants. He also states that "it is important for the dermatologist to know about retrolental fibroplasia. In many cases there is spontaneous regression, but in the others the only possible treatment is by irradiation in the early active stage before irremedial damage, cicatrization, and blindness develop.''1 Reiss and Blodi3 point out that "the clinical course of skin hemangiomas parallels that of retrolental fibroplasia in that the large majority of skin hemangiomas appear after birth (within the first five weeks) and undergo an active,

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