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Discussion in 'The Corps' started by CallumAS90, Nov 27, 2007.

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  1. Hey Everyone,

    Im a little worried about the medical - I have hemangioma birthmarks on my back and although they've NEVER affected my life, Im a little worried about failing the medical. Theyre not too pleasing to the eyes, and sometimes I break out in little lumps, still none of which affect my fitness training or anything.

    Im shitting myself going to the medical incase they tsay I cant join the Royal Marines.

    Help ease my mind?
    Thanks.
     
  2. I think you will be safe re the heamangioma's,never heard of rejection due to those.However these little lumps are a bit intriguging.Have you had them seen by a GP or consultant dermatologist?


    Dont worry about the heamangiomas not being nice to look at,most booties are plug ugly anyway!
     
  3. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    There speaks a jealous matelot..... :muhaha:
     
  4. Aye, Quasimodo me!
    NZB
     
  5. I can take a couple of photographs if you wish.

    I was thinking about getting them lasered, because its them which cause the lumps.

    The lumps are my main worry, and theyre due to clotting of the blood.

    I must stress now though, I've never had ANY problems, in the 18 years Ive had them, ive never been off school/work/college once because of them. Theyre not painful or life threatening in the slightest according to my GP.

    Thankyou for your help.
     
  6. anyone?
     
  7. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Get yourself down the AFCO, they'll know better than us. Good luck.
     
  8. Merck Manual describes:

    Vascular birthmarks include vascular tumors (eg, infantile hemangioma) and vascular malformations. Vascular malformations are congenital, life-long, localized defects in vascular morphogenesis and include capillary (eg, nevus flammeus), venous, arteriovenous (eg, cirsoid aneurysm), and lymphatic malformations. Vascular birthmarks usually involve only the skin and subcutaneous tissues but rarely affect the CNS

    Unless complications are life threatening or vital organs are compromised, surgical excision or other destructive procedures should be avoided because they frequently result in more scarring than occurs with spontaneous involution

    IOW . leave them alone - but Lasers are perhaps the best treatment if you feel you have to
     
  9. I know what they are mate, but thanks.

    I've seen serveral specialists about them in the past and they say theres nothing wrong with them, like I said, not life threatening or anything so Im hoping!!
     
  10. Ive got this grouping of red lumps on my side, got them when i was about 22, I thought it was something i got from Afghan, Ive never been arsed to get rid of them (my face is mega essence so no dramas) I remember seeing the very mince medical officer at the time down 40 cdo who was a bit bamboozled at the time who then suggested it was that thingy you just said, he told me not to worry about it and ive still got the buggers 7 years down the line. He never Threw me out the corps for having them or locked me under the stairs never to see the light of day again so i wouldnt worry about passing the entry medical mate, As long as you've not got Hiv and you've got a pair of feet, legs, arms and eyes Im sure you'll be fine.
     
  11. I wouldn't worry.

    The haemangiomas are completely innocent - the main issue is cosmetic (as you point out!). You definately do not need to see a consultant dermatologist to be told this! Wouldn't worry about the lumps either.

    Good luck.

    BTW - lasering is an option but, if it was me and they weren't very disfiguring, I wouldn't bother.
     
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