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Strawberry Hemangioma also known as Infantile hemangiomas are most common harmless tumors of infancy. They result due to rapidly growing and dividing of endothelial cells during infancy. In most of the cases Strawberry Hemangiomas will clinically resolve by the age of 9-10 years.

Strawberry Hemangioma may occur in any parts of the body but most frequently seen on head and neck areas ( more then 60% ), the rest 25% may be on trunk, and 15% on the extremities. Sometimes they may also occur in liver, gallbladder, spleen, lung, lymph nodes, GI tract,, uninary bladder, larynx and CNS.  Frequency of Hemangiomas are more common in white infants then black or asian infants and female are more affected then males.

About 30% of hemangioma appears at birth and rest may appear within few weeks after birth. Initially they may appear as white flat lesion followed by fine telangiectasias. Within few weeks they appear flat or raised red/crimson color lesion growing rapidly till it reaches its peak at around 12 months. If the deeper skin is involved they may appear as blue or purple color. The size of hemangiomas may range from 0.5-5cm , in few cases they can be as large as 20cm.  After they reaches their peak size, they usually remains fixed and later resolve . They start to resolve as early as few months to 2-3 years. By the age of 9 most of the hemangioma are completely resolved.

Treatment of Strawberry Hemangioma:

In most of the cases treatment is not usually required as it usually resolve without any treatment. The lesion will resolve to its normal skin color after some years. But around 50-60 % of the cases the skin may resolve incompletely with permanent changes to the skin. For some difficult cases which may affect child, your doctor might prescribe some oral or intralesional corticosteroids to slow the growing process and prevent any complications.

Laser surgery using lashlamp-pumped pulsed-dye laser is widely used for both reducing the growth and changes in skin color with good results. Multiple treatment session are required usually every 2-4 weeks interval until the complete healing occurs. Other lasers that are being used are frequency-double Nd;YAg, pulsed Nd:YAG and KTP lasers. Carbon dioxide  lasers are less frequently used. The choice of lasers may depend on the type of hemangioma.

Surgical removal of  Hemangioma during its growth phage may sometime  give rise to complications like hemorrhage and damage of structure within them.  But there are few advantage of early excision too. Talk to those specially trained surgeon if you are planning for surgical removal.

If you have any questions regarding Strawberry Hemangioma you can ask us our Cosmetic, Plastic Surgery Talk Section of the forum.


  1. eralyn jane bargos
    March 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    .gud am im 15 yrs old.i have strawberry hemangioma since birth ,
    .the doctors say that in my case it disappear on their own it completely disappear on my 18 yrs of age, but in this information you said that age of 9-10 years resolved.,
    .why in my case didn’t disappear>?
    .the doctor correct in the examination to me>?

    thank you!
    i wait for your reply.
    i wish that someday my face is to be ok.

  2. Deepak
    March 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    yea few cases it may last long, but most of the cases resolve after 9-10 yrs of age. Well u have visited the doctor and his opinion may be true in your case. anyway i hope it will resolve it sooner.if you want the details infos you could ask us at our forum here http://www.dermatalk.com/ you would get better response from our support team.

  3. eralyn jane bargos
    March 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    ahh thank you !

  4. Deepak
    March 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    you are welcome.. godbless you too..

  5. leila
    May 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I’m 24 years old. I have a hemangioma in my upper lip by birth. unfortunately I couldn’t get proper treat until now. I did several operation but all of them was unsuccess . I was wondering if you give me some solutions.

    I’m looking forward for your answer,

    thank you

  6. chloe
    June 7, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Hi! My name is chloe. I am eighten years old and I still have my strawberry birthmark. It has not faded or shrunk in size in a few years and I was wondering: is there was a treatment or type of surgery that I could get to remove it?
    Please let me know if you have any questions!

  7. ankit
    December 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    my name is ankit me 24 years of age having hemangioma from birth …
    me suffered allot but i stop all treatment at t age of 16 .. after having steroids .. so just want to know can it be any way so that it becomes normal…
    also want to know can it transform to my baby when i get married..

  8. lexy
    June 27, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Hey. Im 14 years old and i have my birthmark on my center chest. Being in high school if i dont cover it up i feel embaressed or upset by other peers. Is there any non surgical way to make it gone????

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