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Minor changes: 21 June 2019

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PubMed Search: Bladder [title] hemangioma

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Cite this page: Tong T. Hemangioma. website. Accessed September 24th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Benign vascular tumor similar to its counterparts elsewhere
  • Predilection for dome, posterior wall and trigone
Clinical features
  • Generally considered a congenital anomaly, although 50% are detected in adults
  • Associated with cutaneous hemangiomas, Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (port-wine hemangiomas, varicose veins, soft tissue and bone hemihypertrophy)
  • Painless hematuria, dysuria and abdominal pain
Case reports
  • Biopsy with or without fulguration; very good outcome
  • Rarely partial cystectomy
Gross description
  • Sessile
  • Median 0.7 cm
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Classified as cavernous, capillary, or arteriovenous based on conventional criteria from other sites
  • Usually cavernous type
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Patient with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome

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Cavernous hemangiomas

Capillary hemangioma of skin

Differential diagnosis
  • Angiosarcoma: anastomosing channels lined by plump hyperchromatic cells
  • Arteriovenous malformation: abrupt changes in thickness of medial and elastic layers of vessels, abnormal vascular dilation
  • Telangiectasia: chronically dilated capillaries, no actually increase in number of vessels
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