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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 438-440

A giant compound hemangioma of lower lip

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Dental Sciences, Chengalpet, Chennai, India

Date of Web Publication16-Oct-2012

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Nadeem Jeddy
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Golden George Nagar, Mugappair, Chennai - 600 107
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.102512

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Hemangioma is one of the most common benign tumors of vascular origin affecting 10-12% of infancy. Approximately 50% of hemangiomas resolve by the age of 5 years and 90% resolve by 9 years of age. Rarely hemangiomas may persist, warranting systemic or surgical treatment. Treatment depends on size, location, and evolution stage of the lesion. In this study, we present a case of huge hemangioma involving lower lip in a 20-year-old male for whom early treatment was ignored due to poor economic status, which was recognized and treated in our institution.

Keywords: Hemangioma, lip, vascular malformation

How to cite this article:
Jeddy N, Duraiyan JP, Palanivelu S, Ramamoorthy A. A giant compound hemangioma of lower lip. J Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2012;16:438-40

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Jeddy N, Duraiyan JP, Palanivelu S, Ramamoorthy A. A giant compound hemangioma of lower lip. J Oral Maxillofac Pathol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Jun 13];16:438-40. Available from: https://www.jomfp.in/text.asp?2012/16/3/438/102512

   Introduction Top

Hemangiomas are benign vascular tumors commonly occurring in infancy and childhood; few may be present from birth or even develop in adults. [1],[2] Hemangiomas are three times more common in females than in males. Sixty percent of the lesions occur in head and neck region with lip, tongue, and palate being the most preferred site. [1] Clinically, hemangioma presents as smooth or lobulated soft tissue mass, measuring few millimeters, which is hardly noticeable, to several centimeters causing physical disfigurement and functional disturbance. [1],[2] Most of the lesion involutes spontaneously, needing no further treatment. Treatment for the persistent lesion depends on age of the patient, size, location, extension, and evolution stage of the lesion. [2],[3]

   Case Report Top

A 20-year-old male patient reported to our institution with a chief complaint of swelling of the lower lip. The swelling developed soon after the birth, which gradually increased to the present size of 3.8×2.5 cm. The general health of the patient was normal and medical history revealed no significant health problems. The patient had difficulty in closing the mouth. The swelling was well lobulated and had well-defined margins extending throughout the lower lip. The skin over the swelling appeared normal except for the dryness over it [Figure 1]. Palpation revealed a soft and nontender swelling. The differential diagnosis of hemangioma or arterio venous malformation was narrowed to hemangioma when auscultation revealed no thrill or bruit. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings brought to the limelight the diagnosis of hemangioma, which ruled out arteriovenous malformation by the absence of flow voids [Figure 2]. Intralesional injection of triamcinolone under pressure was administered following which complete excision of the lesion was carried out. Histopathological report revealed large dilated blood sinuses with thin walls lined by endothelium. The sinusoidal spaces were filled with red blood cells [Figure 3] and [Figure 4]. The histopathology conclusively made us arrive at a diagnosis of hemangioma involving both superficial and deeper tissues.
Figure 1: Clinical photograph showing giant swelling of the lower lip

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Figure 2: Magnetic resonance imaging showing involvement of superficial and deeper tissues

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Figure 3: Low power photomicrograph showing large dilated blood sinuses with thin walls lined by endothelium (H and E stain, ×10)

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Figure 4: High power photomicrograph showing dilated blood sinuses engorged with red blood cells (H and E stain, ×40)

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   Discussion Top

The hemangiomas and vascular malformations are two distinct groups of vascular lesions, which are often confused with each other, and unfortunately terms have been used interchangeably. Vascular lesions are classified based on anatomical, structural features and biological behavior. [4] They divided the lesions majorly into hemangiomas and other vascular malformations. The term hemangioma encompasses heterogeneous group of vascular lesions characterized by altered endothelial cell growth and proliferation. In contrast, vascular malformations are structural anomalies of blood vessels without endothelial cell proliferation. [4],[5] [Table 1] shows differences between hemangiomas and vascular malformations.
Table 1: Difference between hemangiomas and vascular malformation[2,4,5]

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In our case, development of swelling soon after the birth and persistence of swelling even after 10 years made us consider both vascular malformation and hemangiomas in differential diagnosis. Hemangiomas involute by itself at or around 10 years of age, which was not true in our case. But the absence of bruit or thrill during auscultation along with MRI report and histopathological view, made us to arrive at the diagnosis of hemangioma.

Hemangiomas are the most common tumor of infancy and are three times more common in females and males. Sixty percent are localized to head and neck region. [1],[2],[5] Lip may be one of the common site to develop. [2],[4] Hemangiomas are classified into superficial (capillary hemangioma), deep (caverouns hemangioma), and compound or mixed (capillary cavernous hemangioam) type. [1],[3] In this case, both superficial and deeper tissue of lower lip were involved leading us to the diagnosis of compound hemangioma.

Large, persisting hemangiomas may cause physical disfigure mentor functional disturbance for which the treatment becomes mandatory. [1],[2] In this case, compound hemangioma, involving the deeper tissues in lower lip persisted and early surgical removal was not performed due to poor economic status of the patient. Administration of systemic corticosteroids, intralesional injection of sclerosing agent, eletrocoagulation, cryosurgery, laser therapy, embolization, and surgical excision are some of the treatment modalities practiced for hemangioma. [2],[4] In this case, intralesional injection of triamcinolone under pressure was administered following which complete excision of the lesion was carried out.

   Conclusion Top

Detailed study of hemangioma and its growth pattern needs to be performed to hopefully yield targeted therapeutics to treat and reduce the unnecessary social embarrassment to the patient.

   References Top

1.Avila ED, Molon RS, Conte Neto N, Gabrielli MA, Hochuli-Vieira E. Lip cavernous hemangiomas in a young chind. Braz Dent J 2010;21:370-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Dilsiz A, Aydin T, Gursan N. Capillary hemangioma as a rare benign tumor of the oral cavity: A case report. Cases J 2009;2:8622.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Clymer MA, Fortune DS, Reinisch L, Toriumi DM, Werkhaven JA, Ries WR. Interstitial Nd: YAG photocoagulation for vascular malformation and hemangiomas in childhood. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1998;124:431-6.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Wang DQ, Jian XC, He ZJ, Tiwana PS. Surgical management of a giant cavernous hemangiomas involving the lower lip: Report of a case and review of the literature. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2010;68:849-54.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Neville BW, Damm DD, Allen CM, Bouquot JE. Oral and maxillofacial pathology. 3 rd ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 2004.  Back to cited text no. 5


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