Vascular lesions present at birth or develop during infancy. The occurrence of head and neck congenital vascular lesions is quite high, with some 50% of newborns experiencing this problem. The great majority of these lesions resolve within a relatively short period of time and present no management problem. However, there is a subset of infants who experience significant functional and cosmetic problems during the proliferative phase of their disease and require treatment, either medical or surgical, for control of these potentially life-threatening tumors. Incomplete regression of these lesions would also require evaluation and possible surgery.
This will be the definitive book on the diagnosis and management of vascular lesions of the head and neck in infants, children, and adults. It will provide a state-of-the-art review of the essentials of vascular anomalies and neoplasms of the head and neck. Recent developments in the areas of medical/surgical treatment, laser technology, endovascular techniques, pathological diagnostics, and appropriate radiation protocols have dramatically impacted the evaluation and management of patients with these clinical issues.
This new book will appeal to many overlapping specialties. Congenital vascular lesions are seen and treated by a spectrum of physicians including otolaryngologists, pediatric otolaryngologists, facial plastic surgeons, vascular/interventional radiologists, pediatricians, dermatologists, and general pediatric surgeons. Vascular tumors are seen and treated by head and neck tumor surgeons (both in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery) and vascular/interventional radiologists. The key to successful treatment of these lesions requires a true multidisciplinary team for evaluation, therapy, and follow-up.