PHACES syndrome (Posterior fossa malformations, hemangiomas, arterial anomalies, cardiac defects, eye abnormalities, sternal cleft and supraumbilical raphe syndrome) is a rare condition that includes a constellation of these congenital anomalies. Individuals with PHACES always have at least one facial hemangioma, but may only experience two or three of the other associated abnormalities. The hemangioma is generally plaque-like (flattened and thickened area of tissue).
Vascular malformations associated with PHACE syndrome
Individuals with PHACE syndrome often have large facial hemangiomas, as above, and may be found to have some or many of the associated anomalies. Children with plaque-like facial hemangiomas should be assessed by a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating vascular anomalies.