What are vascular anomalies?

Vascular anomalies are abnormalities of any part of the vascular system. This can include veins, arteries, lymphatics, or capillaries. These abnormalities are present at birth, although they might not be identified or diagnosed until later in life. Vascular anomalies can grow over time as the child grows, and they often get worse during puberty and pregnancy. Sometimes, people with vascular anomalies can also have excessive growth of muscles, bones, or fat. Occasionally, people with vascular anomalies also have abnormal brain development. If someone has a vascular anomaly plus these other abnormalities, they are often diagnosed with a syndrome. 

How do we approach vascular anomalies?

The Vascular Anomalies Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital approaches vascular anomalies with an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. Our team incorporates the expertise of a variety of clinicians from different medical and surgical backgrounds. Our comprehensive VAC team delivers cohesive, compassionate care while offering state-of-the-art treatment options. Our goal is to provide exceptional evidence based care, individualized to every patient’s unique needs. 

Call Children’s Direct at 800.678.4357 to refer a patient.

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