Background: The terminology applied to vascular anomalies has been variable in previously published literature making interpretation suboptimal. The International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA) has proposed a revised classification based on clinical features and histopathological findings. This classification is increasingly being accepted as clinically useful and a platform for future studies.
Aims: To examine the extent to which the ISSVA classification can be practically applied to diagnostic histopathological specimens.
Methods: Cutaneous vascular lesions received in a single paediatric pathology unit during a 2-year period (2004–5) were reviewed, including glucose transporter protein 1 (GLUT1) immunostaining where required, and lesions were reclassified according to the ISSVA classification.
Results: 144 specimens were identified. Appropriate full clinical information was provided in only 17% of cases at submission. Infantile haemangiomas comprised 46% of cases, 18% of which were regressive type, initially inaccurately identified as vascular malformations before GLUT1 immunostaining. 30% of lymphatic malformations and all lymphovenous malformations were previously classified as vascular malformations, not otherwise specified.
Conclusions: The ISSVA classification of vascular anomalies provides a useful framework for histopathologists to classify vascular anomalies. However, meaningful and appropriate use of such a system is dependent on the adequacy of clinical information provided and routine use of immunohistochemical markers.
- GLUT1, glucose transporter protein 1
- ISSVA, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
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Published Online First 2 June 2006
Competing interests: None declared.
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