To the Editor: Mr. R. O. Wallerstein reported a case of giant hemangioma which spontaneously disappeared. This is very valuable news because it shows that x-ray treatment or surgical removal with their unwelcome consequences can be avoided.
I observed a similar case of spontaneous disappearance of the tumor (as described in Kinderärztliche Praxis 28:521, 1960). The newborn baby (boy) was neither treated with x-rays nor otherwise. Thrombopenia of 20,000 (Fonio) stated at the beginning vanished at the same time as the tumor. There remained as residue an atrophy of the skin and a muscle defect without any functional or growth disturbances of the leg.
While investigating 25 cases out of the literature I noticed that the giant hemangiomas in newborns show a rather peculiar frequency at certain parts of the body: 6 times on the left leg, 9 times in the region of the right shoulder, whereas in 5 cases