Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hemangiomas




Some of you (I'm pretending that more than three people are still visiting this poor neglected blog) may remember that my second daughter had a large hemangioma right in the middle of her forehead. At first it looked like a caste mark, then like she'd bumped her head and then like nothing but a big red bump. Then it started fading, she grew bangs and now other than a slight discoloration and wrinkled skin, I hardly think about it. The two year old boy didn't have any birthmarks, which wasn't too surprising because these things are more common in girls.

Now I have another baby girl. A week or two after she was born, I noticed a teeny red mark on her neck. Something about it made me suspect that it wasn't going to get huge like her big sister's mark and so I didn't do more than point it out to the pediatrician and move on. That would have been that, except that on Tuesday afternoon when I was giving the baby a bath, I noticed a rather large lump on her back at the base of her neck. Not in the spot where the tiny red mark was, but a new place with another tiny red spot on top of the big lump.

Although I was pretty sure that this too was some sort of hemangioma, it is certainly different from the other kinds I've dealt with. This one seems to be more rapidly growing and deeper under the skin than my older child's. So we went to the doctor. The doctor agrees with my basic diagnosis that it is benign and probably some sort of hemangioma. It still isn't a great thing to have growing on your little girl's back.

Tomorrow morning we'll be going to the hospital for an ultrasound to try to get more information about what's going on and how the lump is growing. Personally, I wish it would all just go away.

6 comments:

Melissa said...

I thought it was interesting when you said your daughter has a teeny red mark on her neck. When my daughter was born she had one on her shoulder area near her neck. It was very bright red, but small as if it was put there by a ball point pen. The doctor said it was fine. I was just looking for it the other day when she was bathing. It had been some time since I checked on it. Unless I forgot where it was, I discovered it is gone.
I hope your daughter's ultrasound shows that the lump is benign and goes away on it's own.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Amy said...

Yes, my thoughts and prayers are with you as well. My middle son was born with a cyst that was rather worrysome to me and not t he least bit to him. It is gone now, went away on its own...

the melissa in tennessee said...

I'll be praying for you guys. These sort of things are worrying, that's for sure

Jennifer said...

Praying for you and your little girl.

Meredith said...

Oh, no! No wonder you feel concerned, benign or not.
We may bump into you, then, on our way to the ped neurologist and x-rays tomorrow.
Mothering is full of worry, isn't it?

melissa said...

Any news on baby girl's check-up and ultrasound, or do you have to wait for the phone call?

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