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

Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York

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

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

Is Scratching a Mole Dangerous?

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It is amazing how many old fables continue to persist, especially those relating to healthcare. One of these that we occasionally encounter at the Vascular Birthmark Institute concerns the dangers of scratching at moles. Some patients have told us their mother or grandmother warned against scratching a mole because it caused the mole to become… Continue reading

When Should an Infantile Hemangioma Be Treated?


Birthmarks, also known as vascular anomalies, are common in newborn babies. Of these, approximately 90% will disappear within the first year of life. This is perhaps why many pediatric healthcare specialists advise parents to not have birthmarks evaluated by a vascular specialist. However, around 10% of children do develop birthmarks that can pose risks of… Continue reading

Beta Blockers to Treat Infantile Hemangiomas

Vascular Tumors

Infantile hemangiomas are a type of vascular birthmark, meaning they are composed of blood vessels. These non-cancerous birthmarks are typically discovered either at birth or shortly after birth. Over half of all hemangiomas occur on the head or neck and they are three times as likely to occur in females. Premature infants also see a… Continue reading