Mixed Vascular Malformations

Vascular anomalies are benign lesions of the blood vessels. Most fall into the following categories:

Mixed vascular malformations (MVMs) most often result from venous and lymphatic components, arising together in a single, complex disorder. Each is unique. Each should be checked by a doctor who specializes in treating blood vessel disorders.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes may include:

  • Genetic mutations (changes) during the embryonic stage of life

Symptoms and Types

The symptoms differ according to the type of malformation. The lesions may range from being colored red, purple or blue and appear on different areas of the body. The may range in size from small to large.

Diagnosis and Tests

Diagnosis and tests may include:

Treatment and Care

Treatment may require the coordinated efforts of a team of specialists with your doctor. These specialists may include:

Living and Managing

It is important to consider having your child treated by a doctor who specializes in blood vessel disorders. The doctor will put together a treatment plan.

In children whose lesions are highly visible, treatment with a mental health counselor may be recommended to deal with emotional issues.