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The psychosocial impact of an infantile haemangioma on children and their parents
  1. Jeffrey Zweegers1,
  2. Carine J M van der Vleuten1,2
  1. 1Department of Dermatology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  2. 2Hecovan Working Group, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jeffrey Zweegers, Department of Dermatology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, PO Box 9101, Nijmegen NL-6500 HB, The Netherlands; jeffrey_zweegers{at}hotmail.com

Abstract

Infantile haemangiomas (IHs) are common, benign vascular tumours in children that appear soon after birth and regress before the age of 12 years. Physicians have always been concerned about the considerable psychosocial impact these lesions might have on children and their parents. This is the first critical review of studies on the psychosocial impact of IHs on children and their families. Future directions for research are suggested. As propranolol is becoming the most common first choice treatment for IHs, this article discusses its use in the light of this review.

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