Haemangioma Update: Three Months On

It’s been three months since commencement of treatment for Lysander’s haemangioma.

We’ve noticed so much improvement recently.  I thought that it would be interesting to share a before-and-after comparison.  Learning that your child has a tumour, even a benign tumour like a haemangioma, is a frightening moment for any parent, and I hope that these images will reassure parents that their child’s condition IS treatable and they won’t have strangers openly wondering what happened to their child’s face forever!

Here is Lysander’s haemangioma at the time of diagnosis:

And here we are, three months on:

We’re enormous fans of modern medicine but nonetheless, medicating our fourteen-week-old baby twice daily for a year was an intimidating decison for us – particularly with a serious drug like Propranolol.  Propranolol can affect the heart and so Lysander had an ECG before commencement of treatment to make sure that he did not have any undiagnosed heart conditions that would make the treatment dangerous for him.

These days, we only notice his haemangioma when he is tired or has been crying – it has virtually disappeared.  He will continue to take the Propranolol for a while longer in order to fully shrink the haemangioma, but I’m happy to report that we no longer wince when we look at our son’s face and neither does anybody else.

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2 Comments

  1. May 12, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Bless him that must’ve been a scary decision to make but it looks so much better and I’m sure he will thank you for it when he’s older. So cute anyway, I never realised what it was, thought it was something he was growing out of… like Judah has a strawberry on his shoulder that has nearly disappeared now. So glad it has all worked well for you all xxx

  2. May 16, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, he is SO cute! What a hard decision that must have been. I’m thrilled he’s responded to treatment so well.

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