cutaneous vascular anomalies

Angiosarcomas are malignant cutaneous vascular anomalies that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands and Conroe dermatology offices.  The most common setting of an Angiosarcoma is an elderly patient developing a red/purple nodule or patch on their head or neck region.  Angiosarcomas are most common in men.  Over time, Angiosarcomas become larger and may bleed easily […]

Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma is a cutaneous vascular anomaly that I only rarely encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Epithelioid Hemangioendotheliomas can be viewed as a skin lesion that behaves both clinically and histologically between a hemangioma and an angiosarcoma (malignant).  Clinically, an Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma begins as a red/purple nodule that slowly grows on […]

Kaposi Sarcoma is a malignant cutaneous vascular anomaly that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Kaposi Sarcoma can be divided into 5 subtypes: Classic Kaposi Sarcoma, African Cutaneous Kaposi Sarcoma, African Lymphadenopathic Sarcoma, AIDS Associated Kaposi Sarcoma, and Immunosuppressed Kaposi Sarcoma.  Classic Kaposi Sarcoma is most commonly found […]

Spindle Cell Hemangioendothelioma is a benign cutaneous vascular anomaly that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Spindle Cell Hemangioendotheliomas typically appear as blue red nodules that occur localized in a cluster on an extremity.  The etiology usually involves trauma to an underlying blood vessel.  They can be excised […]

Proliferating Angioendotheliomatosis is a skin condition that I rarely encounter in my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Two types of Proliferating Angioendotheliomatosis exists: a reactive type and a malignant type.  The reactive type occurs in patients with any underlying systemic disease or infection.  Clinically, red/purple lesions develop on the skin especially on the lower […]

Hemangiopericytoma is a cutaneous vascular anomaly that I very rarely encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Hemangiopericytomas appear as a red or blue nodule on almost any anatomic skin location.  When examined histologically, Hemangiopericytomas have characteristic “stag horn like” vascular spaces.  It is difficult to determine a benign from […]

Glomus Tumors are benign cutaneous vascular anomalies that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Glomus Tumors typically arise underneath the nail plate and clinically have a blue color.  They are very painful and are tender when pressure is applied.  They arise from the neurovascular bundle present in the […]

Tufted Angiomas are benign cutaneous vascular anomalies that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Tufted Angiomas usually appear in early childhood and are typically located on the neck, chest and back.  Tufted Angiomas are also called angioblastomas.  Clinically, they are flat red lesions that can be up to […]

Microvenular Hemangiomas are benign cutaneous vascular anomalies that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, these lesions are slow growing red/purple nodules that typically appear on the extremities of young adults and do not have symptoms.  They do not require treatment but if they become bothersome surgical excision […]

Glomeruloid Hemangiomas are benign vascular lesions that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Glomeruloid Hemangiomas appear as red nodules but there histology is unique from other hemangiomas in which they appear like a renal glomerulus in the kidney.  These lesions can be seen in syndromes such as […]

Targetoid Hemosiderotic Hemangiomas are benign vascular anomalies that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, a Targetoid Hemosiderotic Hemangioma has a central red/purple nodule surrounded by a flat purpuric (bruise like) ring.  These lesions are not usually present at birth and arise later in life.  They are likely […]

Infantile Hemangiomas are the most common benign tumor in children and are composed of blood vessel capillaries.  Approximately, 1/3 of Infantile Hemangiomas are present at birth and the rest appear soon after in the first few weeks of life.  The majority of these lesions arise on the head and neck and clinically they have appear […]

Cherry Angiomas are one of the most common skin lesions that I encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Cherry Angiomas appear as small red papules and can be found on any anatomic location.  They typically begin at age 30 and we accumulate more with time.  Occasionally, Cherry Angiomas may […]

Angioma Serpiginosum is a benign cutaneous vascular anomaly that I encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Angioma Serpiginosum occurs as red papules that spread peripherally leaving an area of involution in the center.   It is most commonly seen on the lower legs and 90% of cases occur in girls […]

Pyogenic Granulomas (also called Lobular Capillary Hemangiomas) are benign lesions composed of blood vessels that I frequently encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, a Pyogenic Granuloma is a red/purple nodule that grows rapidly and bleeds with incidental trauma.  Pyogenic Granulomas occur at any age and are very common during […]

Angiolymphoid Hyperplasia with Eosinophilia (AHLE) is a rare skin disorder that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices. AHLE is most common in females usually beginning after age 30. Clinically, painful red papules and plaques appear on the scalp around the ears. These lesions may also be seen in […]

Lymphangiomas are a very common cutaneous vascular anomaly that I encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Lymphangiomas (also called lymphangiectases) are enlargements of lymphatic vessels in the skin.  Clinically, Lymphangiomas resemble “frogs eggs” as they are clear to flesh colored fluid filled papules.  They can be found in various anatomic […]

Angiokeratomas of the Scrotum are a very common skin condition that I encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Angiokeratomas of the Scrotum appear as small red or purple papules that are superficially located along the scrotum.  These lesions may bleed profusely if scratched.  They are benign and if treatment is […]

Angiokeratoma of Mibelli is a type of cutaneous vascular anomaly that I frequently encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Angiokeratoma of Mibelli appears as small red papules that have a warty appearance.  The most common location to find Angiokeratoma of Mibelli are the dorsal surface of the hands/feet, knees and elbows.  […]

Unilateral Nevoid Telangiectasia is a skin condition that I encounter in both my The Woodlands and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Unilateral Nevoid Telangiectasia appears as a red patch of fine blood vessels in a localized area of the body.  It typically appears in a dermatome which is an area of the skin innervated by a […]

Generalized Essential Telangiectasia (GET) is a skin disorder that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  In GET, veins and capillaries become dilated (enlarged) over a large area of the body.  GET is not a manifestation of a systemic disease.  It is most often seen in women in their 40s.  […]

Telangiectasias are dilated blood vessels in the skin that I encounter very frequently in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Telangiectasias can arise from venules, capillaries, or arterioles.  Clinically, they appear as very fine red linear vessels with a tortuous course on the surface of the skin.  Telangiectasias can occur on any […]

Venous Lakes are benign cutaneous vascular anomalies that I commonly encounter in both my the Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, a Venous Lake appears as a small blue/purple papule that can be compressed to force the blood out resulting in a transient dissapearance of the lesion.  The most common anatomic locations to find […]

Spider Angiomas are a very common skin lesion that I frequently encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, a Spider Angioma has a central red pin head size “body” with very small “legs” that project in all directions.  When a Spider Angioma is pressed with a glass slide it can […]

Lymphangioma Circumscriptum, also called superficial lymphatic malformations, is a congenital malformation of the superficial lymphatics that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Lymphangioma Circumscriptum appears as deep seated vesicles/papules and are usually present at birth.  The most common sites affected are the tongue, abdomen, axillae, and genitalia.  […]

Arteriovenous Fistulas are benign cutaneous vascular anomalies that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  An Arterovenous Fistula forms when a connection is made between an artery and a vein and the normal capillary bed that blood diffuses through under low pressure is bypassed.  Arteriovenous Fistulas may be acquired […]

Nevus Flammeus is a very common cutaneous vascular anomaly that I routinely encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Also called a port wine stain or a “stork bite,”  Nevus Flammeus clinically appears as a pink/red patch on the posterior neck that occurs at birth.  It is present in 5% of the […]

Angiokeratomas are benign cutaneous vascular anomalies that I encounter on a daily basis in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Angiokeratomas are vascular malformations of veins and capillaries in the dermis and subcutaneous tissues.  Clinically, Angiokeratomas appear as a blue/red papule.  They are most commonly found on the legs but also can […]

Nevus Anemicus is a benign cutaneous vascular anomaly that I encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Nevus Anemicus begins at birth and is an area of skin that is paler than the surrounding skin.  It usually has an irregular shape and is rather well defined.  When the areas of skin […]

Eccrine Angiomatous Hamartoma is a benign cutaneous vascular anomaly that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Eccrine Angiomatous Hamartomas appear as a solitary blue nodule typically found on the hands and feet.  They usually occur at birth and exhibit excessive sweating from the lesion and can be very […]

Phakomatosis Pigmentovascularis is a group of skin disorders in which patients have a combination of a vascular skin malformation(s) and a melanocytic skin lesion(s) that I encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  The skin lesions that may be involved in this disorder include nevus flammeus, nevus spillus, Mongolian spots, epidermal nevus, cutis […]