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Pediatric Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations

Hemangioma on the face of a baby

Key Points About Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations

  • Hemangiomas and vascular malformations are noncancerous growths. They show up at birth or soon after birth. They’re also called birthmarks.
  • The cause of these growths often isn’t known. They may run in some families.  
  • Hemangiomas grow quickly after birth and they then start to shrink. They may go away without treatment.
  • Vascular malformations grow slowly throughout life but do not shrink. They usually require treatment.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Nancy Bauman

Nancy Bauman

Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic


Vascular Anomalies Clinic

The Vascular Anomalies Clinic brings all of the necessary pediatric specialists together -- in one place -- for individual evaluation and treatment of children with vascular anomalies.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Our team of pediatric plastic surgeons have dedicated their careers to plastic surgery procedures for babies, children and teens.


The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.