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Initial experience using propranolol as the sole treatment for infantile airway hemangiomas.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20071038     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study is to describe the initial use of propranolol as the sole treatment for focal infantile airway hemangiomas, and to report on available literature describing the use of propranolol for airway lesions. This retrospective case series was carried out at a tertiary pediatric medical center. We obtained the following results: two children demonstrated significant response to oral propranolol therapy and avoided not only invasive surgical procedures, but also long-term administration of oral corticosteroids. This is the first report of treating infantile airway hemangiomas with only propranolol without additional surgical intervention or corticosteroid use. Review of literature reveals initial case series with similar, successful results using propranolol as an adjuvant treatment along with other medications and surgical interventions. We conclude that the initial use of propranolol as the sole treatment for infantile airway hemangioma is promising. Literature review reveals that propranolol as the sole treatment for most head and neck hemangiomas shows significant promise based on early case reports. Further studies are needed to determine the long-term effectiveness, dosing strategies, and side effect profile of propranolol treatment for hemangiomas.
Stephen Maturo; Christopher Hartnick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-01-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology     Volume:  74     ISSN:  1872-8464     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol.     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-15     Completed Date:  2010-04-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003603     Medline TA:  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  323-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 243 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114-3914, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / therapeutic use*
Hemangioma / drug therapy*,  pathology*
Laryngeal Neoplasms / drug therapy*,  pathology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Propranolol / therapeutic use*
Retrospective Studies
Tracheal Neoplasms / drug therapy*,  pathology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Adrenergic beta-Antagonists; 525-66-6/Propranolol

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