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Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma
Chih-Jung Hsu, Cheng-Shiang Shiao, Hsieng-Ching Chiu
Dermatol Sinica 19: 243-248, 2001

Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma is a recently described, rare, aggressive vascular tumor that has not been reported previously in Taiwan. We report a female baby who was noted to have a progressive, bluish mass over the medial side of the left foot at 6 weeks of age. Various therapies, including oral prednisolone, interferon-αand laser treatment were tried, but the vascular tumor still showed active proliferating behavior resulting in huge swelling of the left foot and left calf, and was complicated by Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon subsequently. Pathology of the amputation specimen revealed Kaposi's sarcoma-like vascular proliferation and lymphatic-like vascular channels. A diagnosis of kaposiform hemangioendothelioma was made. After amputation, her platelet count returned to normal level. At present, she is still alive with no evidence of recurrence.

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