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Classification of Vascular Anomalies 

Classification of Vascular Anomalies
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Classification of Vascular Anomalies
Author(s):

John B. Mulliken

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195145052.003.0002
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date: 10 April 2020

A thick cloud of terminologic confusion long-obscured our understanding of vascular anomalies. Over the past quarter century, this haze has lifted to reveal a truly interdisciplinary field that insinuates among most medical and surgical specialties. Physicians now speak a common language and employ an accepted classification. The nosology of vascular anomalies evolved in the historically familiar sequence of descriptive, anatomicopathological, embryological, and biological. Mother Nature’s binary system of categorizing vascular anomalies as tumors or malformationshas proven itself in guiding diagnosis, therapy, and basic research. The current revolution in genetics has made possible the first steps toward a molecular classification of vascular anomalies.

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