Expertise centers Hemangiomas and congenital vascular anomalies Nijmegen HECOVAN

About the Radboudumc center of expertise

The center Hemangiomas and congenital vascular anomalies Nijmegen (HECOVAN) holds expertise in hemangiomas and congenital vascular malformations and is acknowledged as a center of expertise by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

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About the Radboudumc center of expertise

Hecovan is the center of expertise in hemangiomas and congenital vascular malformations. Hecovan stands for Hemangiomas and Congenital Vascular Malformations Nijmegen and is acknowledged as a center of expertise by the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport.

Hemangiomas

Hemangiomas, or strawberry spots, are benign tumors that consist of rapidly dividing cells that form extra blood vessels. Strawberry spots occur at the age of infancy and disappear before the age of 10, but often leave residual deviations.

Congenital vascular abnormalities

Congenital vascular malformations (vascular malformations) are flaws in the construction of vessels. Think of port-wine stains but also of errors in the weaving of veins, arteries and lymphatic vessels. Hemangiomas and vascular formations may cause pain, swelling, deformity, wounds, bleeding or other functional problems. This depends on where the deviation is located. Read more about vascular formations in Dutch.

Team of specialists

Within the Hecovan working group, we work with dermatologists, pediatric surgeons, plastic surgeons, interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons and oral surgeons to make the correct diagnosis and determine the best possible treatment. Where necessary, we call on the help of the neurologist, pediatrician, internist, ophthalmologist, ENT doctor or orthopedist. The Hecovan working group was set-up in 1991. As we have been following all national and international developments within our field for so long, we have extensive possibilities for research and treatment of hemangiomas and vascular abnormalities.

Disorders and treatments

We treat hemangiomas and congenital vascular abnormalities. For example, venous, lymphatic, arteriovenous, capillary and combined vascular abnormalities, and syndromic vascular abnormalities with additional problems such as Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome and Sturge-Weber syndrome.
 
The specialists of the Hecovan working group agree on the most appropriate treatment. Of course, you too have a say in this. Treatment can include medication, surgery, compression therapy (e.g. bandages or elastic bandages), injections or embolization (closing a blood vessel by administering a certain drug).

Contact

+31 (0)24 361 31 31 (8.00 – 17.00 hrs)
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Making an appointment and first visit

Ask your general practitioner or specialist to refer you to one of the medical specialists at our center of expertise. We will then ask you to come in for an appointment.

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Making an appointment and first visit

Ask your general practitioner or specialist to refer you to one of the medical specialists at our center of expertise. We will then ask you to come in for an appointment. Often the specialist can provide you with sufficient advice and/or treatment. If necessary, this doctor will discuss your dossier during the Hecovan working group meeting. Or you can come to the joint Hecovan consultation hour, where you will be seen by the entire team of medical specialists. This consultation hour is every third Thursday of the month.

Relevant disorders


Participating in research

The Hecovan working group also conducts scientific research into the evolution of the disorders and the effect of treatments.

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Participating in research

The Hecovan working group also conducts scientific research into the evolution of the disorders and the effect of treatments. Our aim is to further improve care for future patients. To do this, we process the data of all patients into a database. This happens anonymously, so the researcher does not know whose medical data he/she is using for the research. Pictures of your condition are never used. If you do not want us to use your data, you can object to it.

Why come to Radboudumc?

Hecovan is the center of expertise in hemangiomas and congenital vascular malformations. Hecovan stands for Hemangiomas and Congenital Vascular Malformations Nijmegen and is recognized as a center of expertise by the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport.

read more

Why come to Radboudumc?

Hecovan is the center of expertise in hemangiomas and congenital vascular malformations. Hecovan stands for Hemangiomas and Congenital Vascular Malformations Nijmegen and is recognized as a center of expertise by the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport.

Hemangiomas

Hemangiomas, or strawberry spots, are benign tumors that consist of rapidly dividing cells that form extra blood vessels. Strawberry spots occur at the age of infancy and disappear before the age of 10, but often leave residual deviations.

Congenital vascular abnormalities

Congenital vascular malformations (vascular malformations) are flaws in the construction of vessels. Think of port-wine stains but also of errors in the weaving of veins, arteries and lymphatic vessels. Hemangiomas and vascular formations may cause pain, swelling, deformity, wounds, bleeding or other functional problems. This depends on where the deviation is located. Read more about vascular formations in Dutch.

Team of specialists

Within the Hecovan working group, we work with dermatologists, pediatric surgeons, plastic surgeons, interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons and oral surgeons to make the correct diagnosis and determine the best possible treatment. Where necessary, we call on the help of the neurologist, pediatrician, internist, ophthalmologist, ENT doctor or orthopedist. The Hecovan working group was set-up in 1991. As we have been following all national and international developments within our field for so long, we have extensive possibilities for research and treatment of hemangiomas and vascular abnormalities.

Disorders and treatments

We treat hemangiomas and congenital vascular abnormalities. For example, venous, lymphatic, arteriovenous, capillary and combined vascular abnormalities, and syndromic vascular abnormalities with additional problems such as Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome and Sturge-Weber syndrome.
 
The specialists of the Hecovan working group agree on the most appropriate treatment. Of course, you too have a say in this. Treatment can include medication, surgery, compression therapy (e.g. bandages or elastic bandages), injections or embolization (closing a blood vessel by administering a certain drug).