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Types of Vascular Anomalies: LUMBAR Syndrome

LUMBAR syndrome is a rare condition that appears as a hemangioma or multiple hemangiomas on the lower body, in association with other congenital anomalies, including: urogenital tract malformations, myelopathy (spinal cord defect), bone deformities, anorectal malformations, and arterial anomalies. LUMBAR is an acronym for this group of conditions.

Vascular malformations associated with LUMBAR syndrome

Individuals with LUMBAR syndrome have hemangiomas on the lower back and/or perineum. Children with hemangiomas should be assessed by a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating vascular anomalies.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnosis and treatment of LUMBAR syndrome often requires several types of pediatric experts. The Vascular Anomalies Team at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital evaluates, treats and monitors hemangiomas associated with LUMBAR syndrome and works closely with other specialists involved in the patient’s care.

Treatments for hemangiomas related to LUMBAR syndrome may include:

  • Medications, such as propranolol, by mouth
  • Surgery
  • Laser therapy

About Our Program

The Vascular Anomalies Program at Comer Children’s offers an integrated and comprehensive approach to the diagnosis, care and management of hemangiomas and vascular malformations. Our multidisciplinary team of pediatrics experts works together to educate families and to evaluate and treat children with all types of these vascular lesions. » Read more about our program and our team.