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
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
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