What is it?

Fibroadipose vascular anomaly (FAVA), also known as fibro-adipose vascular anomaly or Dabska tumor is a vascular anomaly that is characterized by the abnormal growth of fibrous tissue, adipose tissue, and blood vessels. It typically presents as a soft, compressible mass that may be red, purple, or blue in color. FAVA can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly found in the extremities.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Dabska tumor
- Fibro-adipose vascular anomaly

Signs & symptoms

The main symptom of FAVA is the presence of a soft, compressible mass that may be painful or tender to the touch. The mass may also be red, purple, or blue in color and may grow over time.


The diagnosis of FAVA is usually made based on a physical examination and imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. A biopsy may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis.


Treatment for FAVA usually involves surgical excision of the mass. In some cases, sclerotherapy or embolization may be used to shrink the size of the mass before surgery. Radiation therapy may also be used in some cases.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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