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Hemangiomas are noncancerous growths that form due to an abnormal collection of blood vessels. They are generally found on internal organs, particularly on the liver.

In some cases, they are also found on the skin. It mostly develops before birth, while the child is still in the womb.

It is noted that Hemangiomas on the liver rarely cause symptoms. Usually, they are not discovered until you are tested for an unrelated condition — this is called an “incidental finding.” Skin hemangiomas appear as small scratches on babies and grow larger as the child ages. However, most hemangiomas of the skin disappear by the age of 10.

Hemangiomas are usually tiny, but in some cases they may grow large, or develop lesions and require removal. There are no known ways to prevent the growth of Hemangiomas on the skin or organs.

Hemangiomas of the skin develop when blood vessels group together into a single lump. Experts aren’t sure why blood vessels group together like this, but they suspect that it’s caused by certain proteins that are produced in the placenta during gestation (the time when you are in the womb).

Liver damage, nausea, vomiting, a lack of appetite and severe abdominal pain are the complications of Hemangioma. Hemangiomas of the skin can form on the top layer of skin or on the fatty layer underneath (called the subcutaneous layer). In the beginning, it may appear to be a red birthmark on the skin. Slowly, it will start to protrude upward from the skin.

Hemangiomas of the liver form in and on the liver’s surface. These hemangiomas are thought to be sensitive to estrogen. During menopause, many women are prescribed replacement estrogen to minimize the symptoms caused by the decline of their natural estrogen levels. This excess estrogen can spur the growth of liver hemangiomas.

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