CLOVES syndrome causes tissue overgrowth and vascular anomalies (blood vessels that haven’t developed like they should). It can affect the blood, bones and joints, spine and internal organs, and lymphatic vessels (which carry fluid from the tissue back to the body’s circulation).
CLOVES stands for:
- Congenital (meaning a child is born with it)
- Lipomatous (lipomas — slow-growing fatty lumps under the skin on one or both sides of the back and belly)
- Overgrowth (of fatty tissue, which grow much more quickly than others)
- Vascular malformations (growths of blood vessels that haven’t developed like they should)
- Epidermal nevi (skin lesions)
- Skeletal and spinal problems and/or scoliosis (curved spine or other spinal problem)
Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida in Orlando is one of the only pediatric hospitals in the United States that’s equipped to treat CLOVES syndrome. We know that kids with CLOVES need complex care. That’s why we have a team of specialists working together to come up with the best care for your child.