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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 95-98

Cavernous hemangioma of the tongue: A rare case report


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Tatyasaheb Kore Dental College and Research Centre, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davanagere, Karnataka, India

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K A Kamala
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Tatyasaheb Kore Dental College and Research Centre, New Pargaon - 416 137, Taluka: Hatkanangale, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.128680

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Hemangiomas are developmental vascular abnormalities and more than 50% of these lesions occur in the head and neck region, with the lips, tongue, buccal mucosa, and palate most commonly involved. They are considered as hamartomas rather than true neoplasms. Here we report a case of hemangioma of the body of the tongue, discussing the diagnostic aspects and treatment modalities of such lesion and emphasizing the role of the color Doppler ultrasonography, especially in the diagnosis and treatment. Factors such as patient's age, size and site of lesion and the proximity of lesion to vital structure are paramount in the determination of the therapeutic approach and surgical excision. Even though radiotherapy, cryotherapy, laser therapy, medical treatment, injection of sclerosing substances and the selective embolization of the lingual artery seem to have some efficacy, the author conclude that surgery is the therapy of choice in the isolated vascular lesions of the body of the tongue.


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