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Vascular Anomalies


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Vascular anomalies are birthmarks caused by a disorder of the vascular (vein) system. They can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (develop over time). These tumors consist of blood vessels including arteries, lymphatic vessels, and capillaries. Our goal is to provide expert consultation regarding your child’s vascular anomaly. Treatment ranges from minimally invasive to complex, extensive surgical procedures.

The Vascular Anomalies Clinic at University of Miami Health System meets monthly to develop a diagnosis and multi-disciplinary management plan, ensuring coordinated options for treatment of children with vascular anomalies. Your child may see some or all the following specialists while undergoing treatment for vascular anomalies:

One type of vascular anomaly we commonly treat is congenital nevus. These are pigmented skin lesions consisting of pigmented and nevus cells. Basically, these lesions are composed of blood vessels that have undergone abnormal development. They come from arteries, veins, lymphatic vessels, and/or capillaries. These are present at birth or shortly thereafter, and range from light brown to black in color.

Size varies from small to large, which may involve the entire torso (bathing trunk nevus) or the extremities (arms or legs). Increased hair growth is commonly involved in these lesions. These lesions are sometimes associated with malignant melanoma (skin cancer). Therefore, it's important they are assessed and treated by an experienced specialist.

Some other types of vascular anomalies we treat include:

  • Fast-flow malformations: lesions that can lead to heart failure and usually require specialized treatments
  • Hemangiomas (non-cancerous growth), including:
    • Infantile hemangioma: “strawberry” birthmarks that develop in the first year of life and then disappear over time
    • Non-involuting hemangioma: type of large congenital (present at birth) growth that fully forms while in utero
    • Kaposiform hemangioma: rare, aggressive tumor that usually appears during infancy or early childhood
    • Rapidly involuting hemangioma: growth that is present at birth, goes through a rapid growth phase in the baby’s early months, and usually completely disappears by the time the baby is 18 months old
  • Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome: rare, congenital disorder in which a baby’s arms or legs have red-purple birthmarks (port wine stains), varicose veins, and/or too much bone and soft tissue growth
  • Maffucci syndrome: disorder that causes benign (non-cancerous) growths of cartilage to develop within the bones
  • Parkes Weber syndrome: rare, congenital disorder that causes a large number of abnormal blood vessels
  • Proteus syndrome: rare disorder that leads to overgrowth of the bones, skin, and other tissues

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  • Surgery 

    For types of vascular anomalies that don’t go away on their own over time, your child may need surgery to have the anomaly removed. Your specialist will discuss treatment options specific to your child’s situation with you.


  • Comprehensive exam

    Your child’s doctor will conduct a thorough exam and ask for your health history to diagnose this condition.

  • Prenatal ultrasound

    Sometimes, a baby’s vascular anomaly will be diagnosed on a regular ultrasound performed during the mother’s pregnancy.

  • Blood test

    Your child’s specialist may order a blood test to confirm a diagnosis of a vascular anomaly.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care