What causes hemangiomas in spine?

Hemangiomas, Benign: Hemangiomas are non-cancerous (benign) tumors made of abnormal blood vessels. They are common and can occur anywhere in the body. Most hemangiomas of bone are in the spine and are found more often with advancing age.

What is a hemangioma of thoracic spine?

Spinal hemangiomas are benign tumors that are most commonly seen in the mid-back (thoracic) and lower back (lumbar). Hemangiomas most often appear in adults between the ages of 30 and 50. They are very common and occur in approximately 10 percent of the world’s population. Most cases show no symptoms.

Can thoracic hemangiomas cause pain?

Hemangiomas tend to present in the thoracic spine and can present with pain in one location. Complaints of multiple sites of pain should raise a clinician’s suspicion for metastatic lesions.

Can spinal hemangiomas cause problems?

Spinal hemangiomas are benign (noncancerous) tumors that develop from the blood vessels. These tumors are the most common type of benign spinal tumor and occur in approximately 10 percent of the world’s population. The vast majority are asymptomatic, but in some cases, they can cause pain and neurological issues.

Can spinal hemangioma become malignant?

The diagnosis of vertebral hemangioma is very crucial and can be challenging in some cases. It may mimic malignant lesions in both clinical and radiological behavior [7]. Hemangiomas can be aggressive, compressing the spinal cord with paraparesis and spasticity as in our case.

Should a hemangioma be removed?

But most do not require treatment. In general, the odds of hemangiomas being reabsorbed into the body are about 10 percent each year. That means at age 6, 40 percent of children with hemangiomas still have them. Nearly all hemangiomas are gone by the time a child reaches age 10.

What is a risk factor for hemangiomas?

Low birth weight and prematurity have been considered potential risk factors for developing hemangiomas, but our findings show that multiple gestation rather than prematurity or low birth weight is an independent risk factor for developing hemangiomas, owing at least in part to ethnic and/or racial differences.