Propranolol for airway hemangiomas: case report of novel treatment

The Laryngoscope
Lisa M BuckmillerGresham T Richter

Abstract

Infantile hemangiomas arising in the trachea are rare. These lesions pose a management dilemma as several treatment options can provide safe management. Propranolol, a nonselective beta-blocker, has recently been introduced as a novel modality for the treatment of proliferating hemangiomas. This report illustrates the successful management of tracheal hemangiomas using oral propranolol in a young patient with otherwise treatment-resistant airway lesions. Despite various endoscopic therapeutic attempts, the patient remained stridulous with airway disease that persisted into the involution phase of the average hemangioma cycle. Within 6 weeks of beginning oral propranolol (2 mg/kg/day), her airway compromise was eliminated and she had complete resolution of endoscopically visible disease. No side effects from propranolol occurred. We propose that oral propranolol should be considered for use in airway hemangiomas.

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