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Ulcerated nasal infantile haemangioma treated by oral propranolol


Infantile hemangioma affects about 10% of neonates, but usually involutes without significant complications. Complications may include disfigurement, bleeding, and ulceration, along with airway, cardiac, hepatic, and spinal complications depending upon site. Oral propranolol is now the treatment of choice in many situations. Herein we present an infant with a large hemangioma on the nose tip and show the dramatic results with the use of propranolol. The patient received seven months of therapy at 2 mg/kg/day propranolol orally in three divided doses. The response started within a few weeks and by the eighth week ulceration had healed completely without scarring.

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