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Oral superficial haemosiderotic lymphovascular malformation: a rare presentation
  1. Manar Alhassani,
  2. Vijay Santhanam,
  3. Shadi Basyuni
  1. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shadi Basyuni, shadi.basyuni{at}


We present an extremely rare case of a 53-year-old woman with an intraoral superficial haemosiderotic lymphovascular malformation (SHLM), also known as hobnail haemangioma. SHLM is a rare, benign, vascular tumour first described as targetoid haemosiderotic haemangioma, with only a handful of cases reported to present in the oral cavity. The diagnosis was established following complete surgical excision of the lesion, and after 14 months, there are still no signs of recurrence. Although SHLM is an uncommon condition, accurate and timely diagnosis is valuable in distinguishing these lesions from their more serious competing differential diagnoses.

  • mouth
  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • head and neck surgery
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  • Contributors All authors contributed equally to the planning, conducting and reporting of the manuscript. MA prepared the draft, with input from VS and SB in critically revising the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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