Intramuscular hemangioma in the head and neck

J. D. Clemis, D. R. Briggs, G. W. Changus

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Intramuscular hemangioma is a distinct type of hemangioma occurring within skeletal muscle and making up less than one per cent of all hemangiomas. They occur most often in the trunk and extremities, perhaps because of the larger muscle volume in those areas. 13.5% of intramuscular hemangiomas do occur in the head and neck region and for this reason they should be considered in the differential diagnosis of head and neck masses. The first case of an intramuscular hemangioma of the digastric muscle is presented and confirmed by electron microscope sections. An interesting finding in this tumor is the proliferation of both endothelial cells and pericytes. Hemangiomas are classified according to vessel size; 'large vessel' cavernous, 'small vessel' capillary, and 'mixed'. Various etiologies and modalities of treatment are discussed, and total excision with ligation of the feeding vessels is advocated to prevent the high incidence of later recurrence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-347
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1975

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    Clemis, J. D., Briggs, D. R., & Changus, G. W. (1975). Intramuscular hemangioma in the head and neck. CANAD.J.OTOLARYNGOL., 4(2), 339-347.