Craniofacial Surgeon at Children's Healthcare Of Atlanta Pioneers New Procedure

Largest Study on Treatment of Hemangiomas Presented

To American Cleft Lip & Palate Conference in Atlanta

Apr 11, 2000, 01:00 ET from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    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
 successful treatment.
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