Definition

What is Angiomatosis?

Angiomatosis refers to benign growth of small capillaries involving the soft tissues, organs, muscles, and bones. Angiomatosis is known to spread across a large section of the body although it frequently affects the lower limbs. Some of the other regions where Angiomatosis may occur are the abdomen, chest, and arms. Depending on the size of the tumor and how much it has spread it can cause a variety of health complications.

How common is Angiomatosis?

Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Symptoms

What are the symptoms of Angiomatosis?

The common symptoms of Angiomatosis include these:

  • Diffuse vascular lesion which clinically mimics hemangioma or vascular malformation.
  • Lesions that grow at a slow rate and expand and reduce in size alternatively.

The most common places where these tumors can be found are the lower extremities, although these tumors can also be found in the abdomen, chest, and the arms as well.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Causes

What causes Angiomatosis?

The root cause for development of Angiomatosis is still not known but it is believed to be caused due to certain genetic factors. The lesions are believed to start developing during the fetal stage or at birth but become apparent only at adulthood and can be fully visualized by the time the patient reaches age 20.

Risk factors

What increases my risk for Angiomatosis?

There are no known risk factors for Angiomatosis but it is believed to be associated with certain medical conditions like:

  • Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome
  • Sturge-Weber syndrome
  • Von Hippel-Lindau disease.

If an individual has any of the above disease is more likely to develop Angiomatosis than the normal population, although it is not necessary that all people with any of these conditions will eventually have Angiomatosis.

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is Angiomatosis diagnosed?

Angiomatosis can be easily diagnosed by conducting radiological studies in the form of CT or MRI scans. This test will clearly show the location of the lesion and how much the lesion has spread.

A biopsy of the affected tissue will confirm whether the lesions are malignant or benign. Based on this history and physical examination, and the studies it becomes easier for the doctor to definitively diagnose Angiomatosis.

How is Angiomatosis treated?

Surgical excision is the mainstay of the treatment of Angiomatosis. The surgeon will try to completely remove the tumor because if the tumor is not completely removed then there are high chances of the tumor recurring. Surgery is not recommended for removal of tumor which is not accessible and other modes of treatment are employed to treat it.

Embolization is yet another mode of treatment for Angiomatosis but it is a temporary and not a permanent solution for this problem. This method also helps in reducing blood loss during the surgical procedure to excise the tumors. Postsurgery it is essential for the patient to not use the affected area or apply pressure to the affected area until the wound heals for best postoperative results. Once the tumors are completely removed it is essential for the patient to follow up regularly fort screenings to make sure that the tumor has not recurred.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage Angiomatosis?

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Review Date: February 22, 2018 | Last Modified: February 22, 2018

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