Arch Dis Child 76:458-459 doi:10.1136/adc.76.5.458
  • Original article

Subglottic haemangioma

  1. C A Sherrington,
  2. D K Y Sim,
  3. N J Freezer,
  4. C F Robertson
  1. Department of Thoracic Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
  1. Dr Sherrington.
  • Accepted 15 January 1997


OBJECTIVES To describe experience with subglottic haemangioma in a unit where conservative treatment has been favoured.

METHODS Retrospective case note review of infants presenting with subglottic haemangioma over a 25 year period.

RESULTS Thirty one infants were identified. Diagnosis was difficult where skin haemangiomas were absent and where the lesion was circumferential rather than asymmetrical. Tracheostomy was safe, well tolerated, and managed by the patients’ family at home. Major complications were seen only when laser treatment was used.

CONCLUSIONS Aggressive treatment with substantial risks of long term complications may not be necessary in this spontaneously resolving disorder.