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What is a Hemangioma?
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Melissa Palmer, MD posted:
Hemangiomas are the most common benign tumors of the liver. They have no malignant potential and may occur in a person with or without underlying liver disease. The name hemangioma derives from the fact that these tumors are filled with heme (blood). They resemble the small bright red spots that people commonly get on the skin of their chests and abdomens as they age. These spots, referred to as senile hemangiomas, are also benign. Hemangiomas occur in the liver in approximately 7 percent of the population, but some studies have reported ranges of from 1 to 20 percent. About 10 percent of people with a hemangioma will have more than one of them. Some people will also have hemangiomas in other areas of the body such as the skin, lungs or brain. Hemangiomas are more common in women, but can also be found in men, and can occur at any age.


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