The academic focus of Arkansas Children's is supported by vascular anomalies team members at many levels, from the teaching of medical students and residents about vascular anomalies and other subjects in our various disciplines to the specialized training of practicing physicians from all over the United States and abroad regarding technical aspects of vascular anomaly diagnosis and treatment.Meet the team
Vascular Malformations are divided into simple and combined/complex malformations. They are also associated with other syndromes.
The characteristics of this syndrome are a mixed venous-lymphatic malformation usually involving the extremities. There is usually a port wine like stain on the affected limb and there is usually a difference in size between the affected and nonaffected limb, the affected one being larger.
The Vascular Anomalies Center at Arkansas Children's is staffed by a closely integrated multidisciplinary team of physician specialists and related support staff representing the disciplines of Hematology/Oncology, Craniofacial Orthodontics, Pediatric Surgery, Research, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Pathology, Radiology, Dermatology, Pediatrics, and Orthopedic Surgery. Clinical team members work together to provide the needed care appropriate for each patient.
The Regional Care Center helps families traveling from another state or country receive world-class pediatric care before, during and after your stay.Learn more about the Regional Care Center
There are a couple of things you can do to get ready for your visit. Here are two ways to prepare:
Vascular Anomalies patients are seen at the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic located on the 2nd floor of the hospital.
To ensure a smooth and efficient doctor's visit, bring all necessary documents and items, including:
In addition, bring books, games, or other activities to keep your child entertained while waiting for their doctor's appointment.
When you arrive for your visit, check in at one of our kiosks outside the ENT lobby. You will then be called to the registration desk to finish the check-in process. Please be sure to bring a copy of your insurance card.
Once checked in, a nurse will call your or your child's name. You will then enter the clinic for a brief weight and height check.
In the exam room, the nurse will ask you questions about you or your child's medical history.
During the visit with the physician or physicians, they will conduct a thorough examination of you or your child's vascular anomaly. They will then discuss and develop a treatment plan that will be based on you or your child's individual needs.
There is a potential for same-day tests. Common tests during the visit include:
Research is an essential element of our Vascular Anomalies program, again utilizing the strength of the multidisciplinary team approach. Team members have made many significant advances in the field to continually advance treatment options and discover fundamental mechanisms of the underlying disease processes.
The Center for Investigation of Congenital Aberrancies in Vascular Development at the Arkansas Children's Research Institute was established in 2008. The center was created to open a dedicated molecular and biology laboratory to investigate vascular anomalies and conduct pilot work on in vitro and in vivo experimental models of disease. In the process, the laboratory has successfully isolated Hemangioma stem cells, explored various molecular markers, and grown various vascular anomalies in nude mice and tissue culture. Our team has presented this work at international scientific conferences and has several manuscripts in progress. Dr. Gresham Richter serves as the Research Director of the Center for Investigation of Congenital Aberrancies in Vascular Development. Our facility occupies 650 ft 2 that is fully operational to conduct the entire spectrum of laboratory techniques, including immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, Northern blotting, RTPCR, tissue culture, and animal experiments. Local institutional intramural funding has supported the initial equipment acquisition and pilot projects.
Some of the awards our research team has won are as follows:
William P. Potsic Basic Science Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Pediatric Otolaryngology from the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Their achievement is the first time in the award program's history that researchers from the same institute were awarded first and second places in the same year.
The organizations and support groups provided may be helpful to families and patients of the Vascular Anomalies Clinic.
Learn how state-of-the-art treatments at Arkansas Children's is lessening the redness of Faith's vascular birthmark.
Many people call them stork's bite or angel's kisses, but vascular birthmarks (medically called vascular anomalies) are abnormal blood vessels that people are born with. Most often, you'll see them on a baby's skin not long after they're born. But they can also be found deeper than the skin and are discovered later in life as they grow.
We talk with Dr. Joanna Mack about types of Vascular Anomalies, how the nationally renowned team at Arkansas Children's brings next-level treatments to patients, and how mental health, confidence, and self-esteem can also be affected.
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