What is the role of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of infantile hemangioma?

Updated: Feb 06, 2019
  • Author: Richard J Antaya, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Features of ultrasonography are as follows:

  • Can help differentiate hemangiomas from other deep dermal or subcutaneous structures, (eg, cysts, lymph nodes)

  • Cannot fully evaluate the magnitude and extent of the hemangioma

  • High vessel density (>5 vessels/cm2) and high peak arterial Doppler shift (>2 kHz) are sensitive and specific for infantile hemangiomas, as compared with other soft tissue masses [7]

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