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Vascular Anomalies

Vascular Anomalies Clinic

The Vascular Anomalies Clinic (VAC) at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital embraces a compassionate, multidisciplinary, team-based approach to the diagnosis, evaluation and management of simple and complex anomalies of the blood vessel systems and blood vessel birthmarks in children and adult patients.


To schedule an appointment for you or your child at the Vascular Anomalies Clinic, fill out our online referral form.

For other inquiries or questions, please email us at VascularAnomalies@UHhospitals.org or call 216-844-8539.

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About Our Clinic

Vascular anomalies, also called vascular malformations, are birthmarks or growths caused by abnormally developed blood vessels. Many vascular anomalies are present at birth; however, some do not appear until later in life. Vascular anomalies can cause various symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Deformity

Due to their rarity, vascular anomalies are often considered an “orphan disease,” in that patients with vascular anomalies can experience difficulty in finding a “medical home” for the treatment of their condition. Also, many vascular anomalies centers are based out of children’s hospitals but only serve a pediatric population, which leads to difficulties in the transition from pediatric care to adult medicine. Our clinic addresses these issues by providing highly specialized vascular anomaly care for both children and adult patients, offering seamless transitional care between the two groups.

We have the experience and expertise to ensure accurate diagnosis of all types of vascular anomalies, from simple birthmarks to the most complex malformations. Once a disorder has been diagnosed and assessed, our team works together to develop and implement a coordinated care plan to address your or your child’s specific needs. Our clinic brings together a depth of knowledge from multiple UH Rainbow sub-specialties and services to offer the best possible care, all provided in a child-friendly atmosphere at a single convenient location.

Vascular Anomalies We Treat

The vascular anomalies we treat include the following:

Note: Infantile hemangioma, which is a common blood vessel birthmark seen in infants, is treated by the pediatric dermatology team at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. To refer a patient for an infantile hemangioma, please call 216-286-7285.

Services We Provide

Outpatient & Inpatient Consultation

We provide expert consultation for patients and families regarding the diagnosis and management of vascular anomalies.

Prenatal Consultation

We offer prenatal consults and pre-pregnancy consults for women with vascular anomalies.

Diagnosis

  • Advanced Imaging (MRI/MRA/Ultrasound/CT)
  • Tissue Biopsy & Histology

Treatments

  • Systemic Therapies (Sirolimus, Alpelisib, etc.)
  • Targeted Medical Management for Children and Adults
  • Interventional/Endovascular Treatments (Sclerotherapy, Embolization, Cryotherapy)
  • Laser Treatments
  • Surgical Resection & Reconstruction

Virtual Clinics

With our virtual clinics, you or your child can receive care without having to leave your home. All you need is a mobile phone, tablet or laptop.

Genetic Counseling & Testing

Genetic testing is an important aspect of modern care for many patients with vascular anomalies. Accurate identification of genetic variants can improve diagnosis and guide treatment decisions.

Research

We offer access to vascular anomaly-related research studies, including clinical trials.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment

Our mission is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and management of both pediatric and adult patients with vascular tumors and vascular malformations. In leveraging our multiple specialties and complimentary expertise, our team provides the highest level of care for the full spectrum of simple and complex vascular anomalies.

UH Rainbow’s multidisciplinary VAC is located at the Zagara Pediatric Specialty Clinic at our main campus in Cleveland, Ohio. At this convenient location, patients have access to pediatric dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, hematologist/oncologists, otolaryngologists (ENT), geneticists and radiologists who work together to provide the best vascular anomaly treatment available to patients of all ages.

The advantages to a multidisciplinary approach are that patients are able to obtain comprehensive consultation and are offered a coordinated care plan in one visit, as opposed to meeting with different specialists individually. This means that treatment plans can be individualized based on what is in the best interest of the patients.

Hours

The Vascular Anomalies Clinic is open the first Wednesday of every month: 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Our virtual clinic is held the third Wednesday of every month: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Referrals

To refer a patient to the Vascular Anomalies Clinic, fill out our online referral form, email us at VascularAnomalies@UHhospitals.org or call 216-844-8539.
Fax number: 216-844-8667

Location

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Frank Zagara Pediatric Specialty Clinic
11100 Euclid Ave., Suite 170
Cleveland, OH 44106
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