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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

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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

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?

Vascular Tumors

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