Kasabach–Merritt syndrome (KMS) is a potentially life-threatening coagulopathy characterized by enlarging hemangioma with severe thrombocytopenia.[1] KMS. Kasabach-Merritt syndrome is characterised by the combination of rapidly growing vascular tumour, thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia. [2] Thereafter, the association of a capillary hemangioma and thrombocytopenia was labeled Kasabach-Merritt syndrome (the name was later changed to KMP).

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Kasabach-Merritt syndrome is characterised by the combination of:. The blood clotting disorder results merriitt platelets and other clotting factors from the blood being used up consumed within the tumour.

Kasabach-Merritt syndrome is caused by kaposiform haemangioendotheliomas, tufted angiomas and sometimes other vascular tumours. Previously Kasabach-Merritt syndrome was thought to be caused by large infantile haemangiomas also known as cavernous haemangiomas or capillary haemangiomas however this is not the case.

Kaposiform haemangioendotheliomas Kaposiform haemangioendotheliomas are typically solitary tumours which appear in the soft tissues of the limbs, head and neck or retroperitoneum. They usually are seen in infants less than 2 years of age, although cases have been reported in adults.


Kasabach–Merritt syndrome

They do not spread metastasise but can cause serious problems because of local growth, cardiac failure or the associated Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon. There are few reports of kaposiform haemangioendotheliomas without Kasabach-Merritt syndrome.

Kaposiform haemangioendotheliomas usually regress with time but do not completely disappear. Tufted angiomas Tufted angiomas usually present before 5 years of age, although they can occur throughout life. They present as brown, red or purple areas of skin and are firm to touch. They synerome often painful. Spontaneous regression is unusual.

Neonatal Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon

Most tufted angiomas do not cause Kasabach-Merritt syndrome and metastasis is rare. Kasabach-Merritt syndrome may be suspected in an infant with a vascular growth zyndrome evidence of easy bleeding or bruising.

Blood tests may include a full blood count and film, clotting screen and fibrin degradation products. MRIangiography, and biopsy may be performed but will depend on the clinical condition of the infant. A number of specialists may be involved in the care of a child with Kasabach-Merritt syndromeincluding paediatricians, dermatologists, haematologists, surgeons and radiologists.


Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon – NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)

Administration of blood products to correct the coagulopathy may be ineffective. A number of treatments have been used for Kasabach-Merritt syndrome including vincristine and systemic steroidsas well as interferon alpha, cyclophosphamideaspirin and dipyridamole, and radiation therapy.

Recently, oral sirolimus which has anti-angiogenic activity has been reported to be remarkably effective in a few cases. Embolisation and surgical removal may also be considered. Treatment of Kasabach-Merritt syndrome can be difficult.

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If you have any concerns with your skin or its kasbach, see a dermatologist for advice. Treatment of childhood kaposiform hemangioendothelioma with sirolimus.