The Children’s Hospital Vascular Anomalies Center (VAC) was founded in 2003 by Dr. Jeffrey Poole in a joint effort between the Dermatology and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Departments. The goal is to treat and manage patients of Louisiana and the Gulf South region with complex vascular disorders by providing state-of-the-art multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for rare growths and malformations that affect blood vessels and lymphatics anywhere on the body. Our multidisciplinary team collaboratively assesses the patients and creates a custom treatment plan.
Types of Vascular Anomalies Treated:
- All other types of Vascular Malformations
- Arteriovenous Malformations
- Capillary malformations (Port Wine Stains)
- Congenital Hemangiomas
- Infantile Hemangiomas
- Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome
- Lymphatic Malformations
- Other Vascular Tumors
- Sturge-Weber Syndrome
- Venous Malformations
Some Available Treatment Options:
- Oral Medicines – The mainstay of treatment used for hemangiomas. Dr. Poole was one of the first physicians in the country with extensive experience in using propranolol for hemangiomas in infancy, which is now the standard of care.
- Laser therapy – The gold standard for the treatment of port-wine stains; it may further be used with some hemangiomas, lymphatic or venous malformations.
- Sclerotherapy – Treatment used to shrink venous and lymphatic malformations.
- Surgery and complex reconstruction – Our team of plastic, head and neck (ENT), vascular and orthopedic surgeons are highly experienced in dealing with complicated vascular disorders and in working together to find the best solution.
To be enrolled in our multi-disciplinary conference, patients must be first evaluated by a team member. Patient medical information, physical examination, and imaging studies are obtained by our physicians to improve diagnostic accuracy and conference efficiency.