Skin nonmelanocytic tumor

Vascular tumors

Hemangioma variants

Microvenular hemangioma

Topic Completed: 1 July 2012

Minor changes: 9 November 2020

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PubMed search: Microvenular [title] hemangioma

Christopher S. Hale, M.D.
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Cite this page: Hale CS. Microvenular hemangioma. website. Accessed January 23rd, 2022.
Definition / general
  • Young to middle aged adults
  • Also pregnant women or women on oral contraceptives
  • Small, enlarging, purple red nodules or plaques of extremities
  • Duration up to 4 years
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Transdermal proliferation of irregular branching venules with indistinct lumina, no atypia, no fat invasion (although may grow along collagenous septa of subcutis)
  • Variable dermal fibrosis and lymphocytes
  • Resembles acquired (tufted) angioma, stasis change, sclerosing hemangioma
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Mark R. Wick, M.D.
Positive stains
Differential diagnosis
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