Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (with Kasabach Merritt syndrome) of the head and neck: Case report and review of the literature

Shraddha S. Mukerji, Alex J. Osborn, Jess Roberts, Tulio A. Valdez

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Abstract

An infant initially diagnosed with a parotid hemangioma presented with stridor and thrombocytopenia. Diagnosis of Kaposiform hemangioendiothelioma was confirmed with biopsy. The child succumbed to multi-system organ failure related to consumptive coagulopathy despite aggressive medical management. Kaposiform hemangioendiothelioma is a rare head and neck tumor that may be mistaken for a hemangioma on preliminary diagnosis, which may lead to increased morbidity and mortality especially in the setting of Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon. A platelet count may provide an early and important clue to the possibility of coagulopathy; prompting physicians to look for a diagnosis other than a simple hemangioma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1474-1476
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Volume73
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009

Keywords

  • Coagulopathy
  • Hemangioendothelioma
  • Hemangioma
  • Thrombocytopenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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