What is Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus Syndrome? 

Blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome (BRBNS) is a rare vascular anomaly that occurs when blood vessels develop abnormally in different regions of the body, affecting the skin, soft tissue and intestinal tract.

Individuals with blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome have visible venous malformations on the skin. These lesions appear blue and feel hard or rubbery to the touch; they may also extend deeper into soft tissue and internal organs. In particular, patients with BRBNS develop lesions in the gastrointestinal tract — often in the small or large intestine.

Diagnosis & Treatment

The diagnosis and treatment of BRBNS often requires several types of pediatric experts. The vascular anomalies team at Comer Children's treats and monitors the vascular malformations associated with the syndrome and works closely with other specialists involved in the patient's care.

Treatment of vascular anomalies associated with BRBNS is based on the location of an individual's lesions. It may include:

  • Surgical removal (excision) of the malformation
  • Interventional treatments to limit blood supply to the lesions

Why Choose Us?

The vascular anomalies program at Comer Children's offers an integrated and comprehensive approach to the diagnosis, care and management of vascular malformations. Our multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts works together to educate families and to evaluate and treat children with all types of these vascular lesions.

Resources & Support for Patients with Vascular Anomalies

Patient Resources at Comer Children’s

Kids want to feel like kids, even when they're sick. Our Child Life therapists use play, art and other approaches to take some of the scare away from the hospital experience and to help kids feel as normal as possible, in spite of their disease. Located near Comer Children's, the Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families while their child is hospitalized.

Patient Resources & Support Groups

These organizations and support groups may be helpful to families and patients by providing support, education and treatment information on vascular anomalies.