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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?

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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

How Do I Know if This Red Patch is a Pyogenic Granuloma?

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Red patches or bumps can come and go on the skin for various reasons. Passing skin irritations, trauma, medications or reactions to stimuli can all leave a mark. These patches or bumps generally go away on their own and require no concern or treatment. A Pyrogenic Granuloma is a benign growth that can develop anywhere… Continue reading

3 Types of Neurofibromatosis

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Malignant tumors can pose serious health problems. Neurofibromatosis is a congenital condition that develops tumors around nerves within the body. A suppression of genes that prevents tumors allows cells to grow faster and in larger groups. These tumors usually do not create serious health problems for most individuals, but can create malfunctions within the body… Continue reading

Should I Be Worried About a Stork Bite?

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Many birthmarks found on newborn babies are not a cause for concern. New mothers and fathers who are not familiar with birthmarks may be alarmed to see one or more reddish patches of skin on their baby. These small marks are more formally, or medically, called nevus simplex. They are a harmless form of congenital… Continue reading

Neurofibromatosis – Congenital Tumors of the Nervous System

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Neurofibromatosis is a congenital condition where the major issue is tumors that form around nerves inside the body. These tumors, actually called neurofibromas, can be around major nerves within the spinal cord, superior branches or around peripheral nerves anywhere in the body. There are three types of neurofibromatosis, two of them quite rare, that can… Continue reading

Possible Complications from Port Wine Stains

Gaining their common name from the purplish or reddish patch of skin that signifies this type of capillary malformation, Port Wine Stains occur in about 1 in 300 newborns. Classified under the general category of venous malformations, Port Wine Stains occur when small blood vessels (capillaries) form close to the surface during early development in… Continue reading

When Should I Be Concerned About My Child’s Mole?


Moles, more uncommonly known by their medical term “nevi”, are odd skin growths that can trigger various concerns. People can be born with moles or develop moles throughout their lifetime. Moles are not at all uncommon, and the vast majority of them are benign and completely harmless. Some even consider strategically placed moles a “beauty… Continue reading

Involuting and Non-Involuting Infantile Hemangiomas

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Infantile Hemangiomas are vascular formations that are fully formed at birth. As with all vascular formations, they involve an abnormal formation or grouping of blood vessels. In a hemangioma, the cells forming the blood vessels multiply aggressively and form a benign tumor that contains smaller blood vessels. These vessels have thinner walls and blood flows… Continue reading