• A 2-month-old female infant with congestive heart failure secondary to hepatic hemangiomatosis was treated with prednisone for five weeks without clinical improvement. She then underwent acute cardiac decompensation and required assisted ventilation. The hepatic artery was ligated to decrease the blood supply to the hemangiomata. Although the engorged liver softened dramatically, she continued to require mechanical ventilation for cardiac failure. Ten days postoperatively, she underwent digitalization with significant improvement in cardiac function, and she was then weaned from the respirator. Although, at 2½ years of age, her liver has remained somewhat enlarged, her cardiovascular function has been normal. Our experience indicates that hepatic hemanglomatosis can be successfully treated via hepatic artery ligation and that cardiotonic measures might sometimes be required for recovery from coexisting congestive heart failure.
(Am J Dis Child 1983;137:672-673)