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Vascular Malformations Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group -  - Vein Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group

Vein Specialist located in Beverly Grove & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, & Glendale, CA

Some forms of vascular malformations affect as little as 1% of Americans. Because they can be so rare, there’s often confusion about vascular malformations — that’s where the Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group experts come in to help. Serving Beverly Hills and the Greater Los Angeles area from office locations in Beverly Grove, Santa Monica, and Glendale, California, the vascular specialists help patients with diagnosis and effective treatments all in one place. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Vascular Malformations Q & A

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What are vascular malformations?

Vascular malformations are blood vessel abnormalities that commonly happen because of problems during development. 

Birthmarks are a common example of vascular malformations. A vascular malformation can often appear as any blemish or growth, but it's sometimes less noticeable as well. 

Vascular malformations are most common among newborns and children but can also appear in teenagers and adults. There’s usually no apparent cause of vascular malformations, but they sometimes run in families. Some genetic conditions can cause vascular malformations, as well.

Where do vascular malformations occur?

Vascular malformations can occur within:

  • Large arteries
  • Large veins
  • Arterioles - small arteries
  • Venules - small veins
  • Microscopic blood capillaries
  • Lymphatic vessels

In addition to these individual vessel problems, vascular malformations can occur with a combination of multiple abnormal vascular channels. 

What are the symptoms of vascular malformations?

Vascular malformation symptoms may vary with the affected vessels, but the most common symptom is a blemish, growth, or discoloration of the skin. Some vascular malformations can also cause discomfort, bleeding, or edema (swelling). 

If you or your child has a growth or skin discoloration, or any other vascular malformation symptoms, it's important to see the Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group for an evaluation as soon as possible. 

Some vascular malformations don't cause noticeable symptoms, at least initially. Sometimes, doctors discover vascular malformations during imaging tests while diagnosing or checking for other problems. 

How are vascular malformations treated?

The treatment of vascular malformations is just as individual as the malformations themselves. Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group offers comprehensive care, including diagnosis and treatment of vascular malformations, all in one place. 

Treatments may vary based on whether the vascular malformation causes pain, compression of important nearby structures, bleeding, and other individual factors. 

Sclerotherapy, in which an injected foam (Varithena®) or liquid solution irritates and scars blood vessel walls to cause withering, may be an effective solution for some vascular malformations. 

In other cases, vascular malformations may require more complex care like vascular surgery. 

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group provides the most state-of-the-art solutions for vascular malformations, with a patient-centric focus that makes each person comfortable with their care. 

To see a vascular malformation expert in the Los Angeles area, call the Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group office nearest to you or schedule an appointment online today.