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May 1983

60 YEARS AGO IN THE AJDC: The Treatment of Vascular Nevi With Radium

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(5):457. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140310039010

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Patients from the outpatient service at the Presbyterian Hospital, New York, with raised capillary hemangiomas were given radium treatment. Tubes made of silver, each containing 25 to 50 mg. of radium, were embedded in dental wax that was molded to fit the body area to be treated. At a distance of one-eighth to one-half inch from the tumor, the radium was applied for periods of one-half to two hours. Forty-three tumors on 33 patients are the subjects of this report. The average number of treatments was fifteen; the total treatment hours averaged 40. Tumor size varied from dime-sized to that of a palm. Eight tumors had already ulcerated. The results of treatment are not reported, but the authors furnish pictures and state that many patients continued with treatment for as long as eighteen months. Their experience suggests that earlier treatment produces better results.—R. H. Rulison, MD, and Stafford McLean,