What We Treat

For children with vascular anomalies, the number of facilities capable of providing comprehensive treatment is limited. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is pleased to announce that we are now offering a Vascular Anomalies Clinic—becoming the only clinic of its kind in the Southeast and one of only a handful of centers in the country to offer this type of coordinated care.

Vascular anomalies occur when arteries, veins, capillaries or lymph vessels do not develop properly. Some can be disfiguring, and some can present health risks. Many vascular anomalies are congenital (present at birth), but others may develop later in a child’s life.

Vascular tumors

  • Infantile hemangiomas
  • Congenital hemangiomas
  • Tufted angioma
  • Birthmarks
  • Pyogenic granulomas
  • Hemangioendotheliomas 
  • Angiosarcoma
  • PTEN hamartoma

Vascular malformations

  • Venous malformations (abnormal veins)
  • Lymphatic malformations (abnormal lymph vessels)
  • Arteriovenous malformations (abnormal arteries and veins)
  • Capillary malformations (port-wine stains, abnormal capillaries)
  • Arteriovenous fistulas
  • Primary lymphedema
  • Generalized lymphatic anomaly (GLA)
  • Gorham-Stout disease
  • Fibro-Adipose Vascular Anomaly (FAVA)
  • Complex combined malformations
    • CLOVES syndrome
    • Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT)
    • PHACE syndrome
    • Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS)
    • Parkes-Weber syndrome
    • Proteus syndrome
    • Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS)
    • Blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome
    • Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome
    • Maffucci syndrome

Services We Offer

Our collaborative team of pediatric specialists work together to provide accurate diagnoses (which can be difficult for these complex conditions), individualized treatment plans and ongoing care for children with vascular anomalies. Our clinic offers:

  • Medications to control blood vessel growth
  • Image-guided sclerotherapy to shrink the lesion
  • Surgery to remove the tumor or lesion
  • Laser therapy
  • Clinical trials

Our Unique Approach

Our Vascular Anomalies Clinic combines expertise and resources from across our healthcare system to offer effective, coordinated care. We will create a treatment and follow-up plan just for your child. Our surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in treating vascular malformations, and all our staff members including pediatric anesthesiologists, nurses and other professionals, are trained in working with children and teens.

  • Our clinic is the only clinic of its kind in the Southeast and one of only a few in the U.S.
  • We serve as a national referral center for children with vascular anomalies who might otherwise not have access to specialized care.
  • Children’s offers a convenient location for traveling families—80% of the U.S. population lives within a 2-hour direct flight from Atlanta.
  • We have one of the largest teams in the country—our clinic represents 16 different pediatric specialties

Meet the Team

Meet our Vascular Anomalies Clinic team

Children's offers one of the largest multidisciplinary teams in the country. Our clinic includes providers and consultative services from 16 different pediatric specialties. Led by Dr. Matthew Hawkins, Medical Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic, each one of our providers has knowledge and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric vascular anomalies. 

Helpful Resources

Pre-anesthesia history forms

When your child is scheduled for surgery, you need to fill out a pre-anesthesia history form with health questions about your child. You can fill out this form in advance at home and save time. Choose the link for the location where your child is having surgery:

Egleston hospital pre-anesthesia history form

Scottish Rite hospital pre-anesthesia history form

Children's at Satellite Boulevard pre-anesthesia history form

Children's at Meridian Mark pre-anesthesia history form