What problems can occur of hemangiomas of the spine

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What problems can occur of hemangiomas of the spine
Hemangiomas of the spine can cause pain and cord compression. (3rd lumbar vertebrae fracture image by Dr Cano from Fotolia.com)

According to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 10 per cent of the people in the United States could have a hemangioma of the spine. While hemangiomas often cause no symptoms, they can cause health problems and require medical intervention.

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Hemangiomas of the spine are benign lesions that grow on vertebrae. They are made of blood vessels like capillaries.


Women age 40 to 60 are most likely to develop hemangiomas of the spine.


If a hemagioma develops on an infant's lower back or spine, it can result in spinal deformities in the child, states Cincinnati Children's Hospital.


Problems with hemangiomas of the spine can occur when the lesion presses against the spinal cord. Hemangiomas can also cause bone pain.


A hemangioma that is causing health problems can be treated with embolisation, in which the blood vessels that feed the lesion are blocked. The hemangioma can then be surgically removed.

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