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Archivos de Pediatría del Uruguay

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SALVO, Fernanda; DE OLIVERA, Nancy; ALVAREZ, Mariela  and  GIACHETTO, Gustavo. Propranolol en el tratamiento de los hemangiomas: una alternativa terapéutica. Arch. Pediatr. Urug. [online]. 2014, vol.85, n.2, pp.102-108. ISSN 1688-1249.

Introduction: hemangiomas are the most common benign tumors of childhood. They usually regress spontaneously after the year of life. A small percentage require treatment due to complications. Recently it has been reported the benefit of treatment with propranolol. Objective: describe the experience of treatment with propranolol in 6 children with infantile hemangiomas (HI) in two centers of Montevideo in the period 1/9/2010-31/12/2013. Methodology: included infants under de age of 15 carriers of hemangiomas assisted in the Pereira Rossell hospital and the Spanish Association treated with propranolol. Cardiological assessment was previously performed in all cases. Those with absolute contraindications to the drug were excluded. Informed consent was requested prior to the treatment in all cases. The clinical features of children and evolution are described. Results: 6 children were included (5 girls and a male); range 1 month and 21 days to 20 months. The surveys were: upper lip with commitment of nostril 2, left cheek 1, nasal root and intraorbitary 1, intraocular 1, multiple 1. In all cases the response was favorable with progressive decrease in injuries in the first month of treatment. None of the patients presented complications. Discussion: this is the first communication of a series of children with hemangioma treated with propranolol in Uruguay. Despite the small number of patients therapeutic benefit without complications was observed. Propranolol should be considered as a therapeutic alternative to treatment with systemic glucocorticoids whose prolonged administration is associated with serious adverse effects


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