With improved genetic testing and genomic sequencing, abnormalities are increasingly being identified in affected or germline tissues in DNA of patients with vascular tumors, vascular malformations, and lymphedema. Recognition of the genetics of vascular anomalies should help clinicians make more specific diagnoses, anticipate diagnosis-specific morbidities, provide better genetic counseling, and have a better understanding of the pathogenesis of these anomalies. Growing pharmacologic options, including therapies targeted to specific mutations, with obvious parallels to cancer treatment now allow the pediatric hematologistoncologist to assume a more prominent role in clinical care and research for patients with these diagnoses. We summarize genes and genetic loci that have been associated with vascular anomalies and offer guidelines for patient evaluations.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 8 2014|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health