ATLANTA, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., medical director of Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Joseph K. Williams, M.D., will present the largest study on the intralesional laser therapy of hemangiomas (benign vascular tumors). The study was conducted over the last three years, and Dr. Burstein was lead author of the study. Results will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Cleft Lip Palate-Craniofacial Association, which opens April 12 in Atlanta. Hemangiomas are a very common problem among newborns, and about 80 percent disappear without any treatment. Of those that remain, many can be located in or near the nose, ear, eye or throat and may interfere with a child's ability to smell, hear, see or swallow. Some are located on the skin's surface, while others grow deep inside. Earlier alternative treatments ranging from the use of medicine and steriods to laser treatment often resulted in adverse side effects that could cause retarded growth, infections or scarring, according to Dr. Burstein. "Of the 100 children treated, 70 percent received a single outpatient treatment; the balance required two to four treatments," he said. "Forty-six patients had more than a 90 percent reduction in the overall size of the tumor, and 54 patients had a 50 to 90 percent reduction." All patients (many from Georgia) received a general anesthetic and a laser fiber was threaded into the lesion, allowing the laser energy to pulsate into the tumor. Study results have just been published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, February 2000 issue. Since the study, Dr. Burstein said more than 200 patients, including some adults who had been left untreated, have received successful treatment. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Children's addresses the unique needs of sick and injured children and their families with specially trained physicians and staff, equipment designed for young, growing bodies and a child-friendly environment. Children's has been recognized for excellence in cardiology, cancer treatment, craniofacial surgery, emergency medicine, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and transplantation services among many other pediatric services. With 400 beds in two hospitals, Children's is one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the country. Through extensive community outreach programs and partnerships with other providers, businesses and corporations, we strive to ensure that wellness and prevention programs are accessible to families across the state. As a non- profit organization, we benefit from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support of our community and state. For information on our programs, services and volunteer opportunities call 404-250-KIDS or visit our Web site at www.choa.org.
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