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To the Editor.
—For a number of years it has been known that cavernous hemangiomas in young children will generally resolve in time without treatment. In fact, most senior ophthalmologists know from experience that treatment methods such as radiation and sclerosing injections are often more disfiguring to the patient than the hemangioma itself. Figure 1 shows a child at the age of six months with an hemangioma of the eyelid. Figure 2 of the same child ten years later dramatically shows a remarkable cosmetic result without any treatment. It is hoped that publication of these pictures will encourage ophthalmologists to reach a decision to let nature take its course in the case of many hemangiomas in children. This decision is often most difficult when anxious parents demand immediate results.
Magnuson RH. Untreated Hemangioma. Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(4):685. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910030341020
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