What are the tests and diagnosis for Infantile Hemangioma?
Diagnosis A correct diagnosis is important so the doctor can properly treat your child’s hemangioma. A doctor can diagnose a hemangioma by giving your child a physical exam and taking their medical history. If needed, a biopsy can be performed. The presence of GLUT-1 marker on a histochemical evaluation will differentiate infantile hemangioma from other forms of vascular anomalies.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. MRI is the test of choice to locate and examine segmental hemangiomas associated with complications and developmental anomalies.
A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of skin tissue is removed from the lesion and examined under a microscope. It is helpful for telling unusual hemangiomas apart from other types of damage in the blood vessels.
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