Cutaneous Vascular Anomalies – Targetoid Hemosiderotic Hemangioma

September 15th, 2013

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 due to trauma to a pre-existing hemangioma that results in thrombosis and recanalization.  Treatment is optional and lasers are typically the modality of choice.