About us


The “Compendium Vascular Anomalies” is provided by the German Interdisciplinary Society for Vascular Anomalies (GISVA), a professional medical association of acknowledged medical experts in the rare disease group of vascular anomalies.

Currently, GISVA includes specialists from eleven different medical disciplines dedicated to the diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment of vascular anomalies.

Our endeavor is the interdisciplinary exchange and dissemination of knowledge in the field of vascular malformations and vascular tumors including hemangiomas.

For detailed information about GISVA, our activities, current news and upcoming events, please visit the GISVA website.

Our goals

Vascular anomalies are rare, and individual in their variety and appearance.

It is not always easy to make a correct diagnosis based on their clinical presentation. This requires broad knowledge from the attending physicians, even across disciplines.

Current knowledge about this topic should be made more accessible and disseminated for clinically and scientifically active physicians, basic researchers, psychologists, pain therapists and physiotherapists. At the same time, continuous updating of the state of knowledge is to be encouraged. GISVA addresses all medical disciplines and related specialties that deal intensively with the field of vascular anomalies.

Our goal is to promote the exchange of knowledge in this field, to optimize clinical and scientific collaboration in the field of this rare disease, and thus to facilitate clear diagnosis and optimal therapy for patients.

For this purpose, GISVA provides the “Compendium Vascular Anomalies” – A medical knowledge database on the topic of vascular anomalies.

The Compendium is freely accessible and, thanks to a large body of expert authors, is constantly growing. It is continually being updated and contains a large stock of clinical patient examples.

If we can help even just one affected person with our project, that would be the greatest success!

Further goals of GISVA:

  • Knowledge exchange during meetings and workshops for professional audiences
  • Education and advanced training
  • Public relations
  • Opinion formation in politics, with social security companies and in society

We ask for your understanding that GISVA cannot offer direct medical advice to patients. If you have any questions, please contact one of the interdisciplinary treatment centers for vascular anomalies or your local/national patient support group for vascular anomalies. These groups may maintain a list of physicians treating in this field.




July 01, 2021