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Port Wine Stains

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Port wine stains have been a significant form of birthmarks for centuries. Less than 100 years ago, these birthmarks were less understood than they are now. As recently as World War II, those with visible birthmarks were treated as flawed and imperfect and were deemed less than a person with no visible marks. While society… Continue reading

Stork Bites

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A stork bite is a common type of birthmark often seen in newborn babies. The medical term for this type of birthmark is nevus simplex, and another common reference to this birthmark is a “salmon patch.” All three terms are referring to the same type of birthmark in infants. Stork bites occur in about one… Continue reading

Vascular Tumor

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Vascular anomalies have been divided by medical experts into two main groups: tumors and malformations. Generally, vascular tumors are proliferative (i.e. growing or multiplying), while vascular malformations enlarge through expansion of a developmental anomaly without underlying proliferation. Vascular tumors in children, outside of hemangiomas, are rare. There are different types of vascular tumors:

Early Intervention

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Hemangiomas and vascular malformations require specific care and treatment for successful outcomes. There are differing opinions about when care should be given and when intervention strategies should begin. Some doctors encourage parents to wait until their child is older, around the age of six or seven, before having their child’s hemangioma treated. While the basis… Continue reading

Pyogenic Granuloma

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There are different types of vascular lesions of the skin that can affect people of all ages. Pyogenic granuloma, also known as lobular capillary hemangioma, is a relatively common benign vascular lesion of the skin and mucosa that appears as an overgrowth of tissue. The exact cause of this vascular lesion is unknown, but the… Continue reading

Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma

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Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma is a rare vascular anomaly. Many parents mistake Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma for a birthmark, but it is actually a benign tumor of a child’s blood vessels. Because the tumor is benign, it can continue to grow, but it will not spread throughout the body.

Hemangiomas of the Eyelid

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A hemangioma is a benign tumor that is caused by abnormal growth of blood vessels. While hemangiomas can occur anywhere on the body, they are most commonly found on the face and neck. Many infants are bone with a hemangioma present or with a hemangioma that develops within the first few days following birth. Other… Continue reading

Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome

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Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder involving abnormal development of blood vessels, soft tissues, bones, and the lymphatic system. Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome is a life-altering disorder that causes mild to extensive features of the upper or lower limbs, and sometimes the trunk. A child who is diagnosed with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome requires the specialized care of… Continue reading

Midline Venular Malformations

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All babies are born into this world with a pink hue, no matter what the ethnicity of the parents are, simply because of the manner in which birth presents itself. Whether vaginally delivered or delivered via Cesarean, babies experience pulling and tugging, and twisting that leaves their skin with a light to dark pinkish tinge.… Continue reading

Port Wine Stain

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People are more concerned about their appearance these days than ever before. Perhaps it is the continued exploitation of “Hollywood Beauty” or the latest craze in “selfies,” but one thing is for sure, your appearance matters. Port wine stain, also called nevus flammeus, is a congenital, cutaneous vascular malformation involving post-capillary venules when produce light… Continue reading