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Propranolol treatment for infantile hemangiomas.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19858718     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Infantile hemangiomas are the most common benign tumors of infancy and the majority of them occur in the head and neck. Recent literature has described propranolol for the treatment of these vascular tumors. RECENT FINDINGS: Propranolol was serendipitously found to induce early involution in hemangiomas even during the proliferative phase of the hemangioma cycle. First reported in June 2008, and presented at the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies meeting in Boston that same month, propranolol has stirred much interest in the physicians who treat these types of lesions. Early case report data are now appearing in the literature, and are verifying the findings of the initial studies as an effective treatment for hemangiomas. Our institution has the privilege of maintaining a high volume vascular center and we have begun treating patients with problematic hemangiomas with propranolol as well. The present article will briefly review the literature and give some of our preliminary experience with the drug. SUMMARY: Research regarding propranolol is in its infancy but, should the initial results and safety record be borne out, it is likely to revolutionize how we manage infantile hemangiomas.
Lisa M Buckmiller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Editorial; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1531-6998     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-12     Completed Date:  2010-02-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9417024     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  458-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / therapeutic use*
Head and Neck Neoplasms / drug therapy*
Hemangioma / drug therapy*
Propranolol / therapeutic use*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Adrenergic beta-Antagonists; 525-66-6/Propranolol

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