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Will My Venous Malformation Grow?

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Venous Malformations develop prior to birth but may not become evident until teen or adult years. They can occur anywhere on the body and are a result of abnormally developed veins while the child is still in the womb. No known outside causes contribute to the formation of a venous malformation. They are the most… Continue reading

What to Expect with Sclerotherapy

Woman's legs before and after varicose veins treatment.

Do you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins? These marks are not only unsightly but can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. Sclerotherapy can be an effective treatment procedure to help reduce the appearance of these unsightly marks. A solution is injected directly into the veins to create scarring so blood reroutes… Continue reading

Treatment for Arteriovenous Malformations


Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) describe a tangle of blood vessels that connect arteries to veins. Arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain and other organs and veins carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the lungs and heart. When the two become connected, this normal and vital flow of oxygenated and unoxygenated blood is disrupted,… Continue reading

Could My Child’s Swelling Be a Lymphatic Malformation?


The lymphatic system is vital to help the body eliminate toxins and waste. These channels run throughout the body and include a system of ‘nodes’ that remove materials from the lymph, the fluid circulated through this system. Lymph also carries crucial white blood cells to fight infection. We would not long survive without this important… Continue reading

Port Wine Stains and Sturge Weber Syndrome


The most common capillary malformation is the Port Wine Stain. Named for its darker reddish color that resembles a blotch of spilled red wine, this birthmark appears as an irregular reddish stain on the skin. It is caused by the capillaries, small blood vessels, being just underneath the skin. This makes them more visible, hence… Continue reading

Moles and Children

A doctor examining moles on a little girl's hand.

Moles, or nevi (plural; singular is nevus) are common formations caused by clusters of melanocytes, or pigment-producing cells. It is common for babies to be born with one or a few moles, and for others to develop during the early years. This is typically not a cause for concern; most people have between 10 and… Continue reading

Preparing Your Child to Handle Ridicule Because of a Birthmark

Group of five happy little kids.

Cruelty in our world is a sad fact, even among children. When your child has a visible birthmark, this can provide fodder for teasing and ridicule. Even children that mean no harm can stare or call attention to a birthmark and contribute to self-esteem issues or embarrassment for your child. Preparing your child to handle… Continue reading

What are Vascular Tumors?


The National Cancer Institute of the NIH, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, defines vascular tumors as, “A type of tumor that forms from cells that make blood vessels or lymph vessels.” ‘Vascular’ means blood- or lymphatic-related, and tumors are simply cells that develop abnormally and form various types of… Continue reading

Are Angel Kisses or Stork Bites Cause for Concern?


New parents tend to notice any mark or discoloration on their new babies. This is likely due to so much time spent looking at and relishing in the miracle of a new birth. The specialists at the Vascular Birthmark Institute are often asked about small, pink marks that can be present at birth or appear… Continue reading

What is a Congenital Melanocytic Nevus?

Mom With Baby

As the name implies, a Congenital Melanocytic Nevus is a mole present at birth. In this case, the nevus is quite large and grows proportionally as the child grows in size. They are also called Congenital Melanocytic Nexus Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus (or Nexus) Large Congenital Melanocytic Nevus (LCMN) Giant Congenital Nevi (GCN) These large… Continue reading