Birthmarks

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Birthmarks

Birthmarks are blotches or marks that may appear on a baby's skin shortly after birth. They can vary in size, shape, and color, and are mostly harmless. There are two types of birthmarks, vascular and pigmented. Vascular birthmarks are caused by changes to blood vessels. Pigmented birthmarks occur when the parts of the skin important for coloring grow too much. Most birthmarks can be left alone, and some may even disappear as the baby grows. Parents should call a doctor if the birthmark becomes itchy, begins to bleed, or seems to hurt. Depending on the type and location of the birthmark, families may choose to remove it using lazer treatment or medication, or speak to a therapist if the child is embarassed of his or her birthmark.

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The terms "Birthmarks" returned 17 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hemoporfin-mediated photodynamic therapy for the treatment of port-wine stain birthmarks in pediatric patients.
 

Author(s): Yunjie Zhang, Shuang Jiang, Hongxia Chen, Xianbiao Zou

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;92(4):559-561.

 

Port-wine stain is a type of common congenital superficial telangiectasia in the dermal layer mostly occurring on the forehead, face, and neck. The affected skin shows abnormal red or purple lesions, which darken and thicken. Nodular changes may develop with advancing age. If untreated, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Intraoperative, real-time monitoring of blood flow dynamics associated with laser surgery of port wine stain birthmarks.
 

Author(s): Bruce Yang, Owen Yang, John Guzman, Paul Nguyen, Christian Crouzet, Kathryn E Osann, Kristen M Kelly, J Stuart Nelson, Bernard Choi

Journal: Lasers Surg Med. 2015 Aug;47(6):469-75.

 

Port-wine stain (PWS) birthmarks affect ∼22 million people worldwide. After several treatment sessions, complete disappearance of the PWS occurs in only ∼10% of treated patients. There is a need to develop a new strategy to improve the efficacy of each treatment session and the ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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'Nevi of Ota: the unusual birthmarks': a case review.
 

Author(s): Ravi Prakash Sasankoti Mohan, Sankalp Verma, Amit Kumar Singh, Udita Singh

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Nevi of Ota are usually characterised by unilateral, mottled, slate blue or dark brown macules on the forehead and face around the eye area. These are unusual skin discolorations in which melanocytes are found deeper than normal. Ota's nevus is usually congenital but may appear in ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Birthmarks" returned 3 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Noninvasive clinical assessment of port-wine stain birthmarks using current and future optical imaging technology: a review.
 

Author(s): S A Sharif, E Taydas, A Mazhar, R Rahimian, K M Kelly, B Choi, A J Durkin

Journal: Br. J. Dermatol.. 2012 Dec;167(6):1215-23.

 

Port-wine stain (PWS) birthmarks are one class of benign congenital vascular malformation. Laser therapy is the most successful treatment modality of PWS. Unfortunately, this approach has limited efficacy, with only 10% of patients experiencing complete blanching of the PWS. To address ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Newborn skin: Part II. Birthmarks.
 

Author(s): Maura R McLaughlin, Nina R O'Connor, Peter Ham

Journal: Am Fam Physician. 2008 Jan;77(1):56-60.

 

Birthmarks in newborns are common sources of parental concern. Although most treatment recommendations are based on expert opinion, limited evidence exists to guide management of these conditions. Large congenital melanocytic nevi require evaluation for removal, whereas smaller nevi ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Description and analysis of treatments for port-wine stain birthmarks.
 

Author(s): Kristen M Kelly, Bernard Choi, Samantha McFarlane, Alison Motosue, Byungjo Jung, Misbah H Khan, Julio C Ramirez-San-Juan, J Stuart Nelson

Journal: Arch Facial Plast Surg. ;7(5):287-94.

 

Port-wine stain (PWS) birthmarks are congenital, low-flow vascular malformations of the skin. Lasers are the modality of choice for the treatment of PWS birthmarks, and for most patients the pulsed-dye laser in conjunction with epidermal cooling offers the greatest efficacy and safety. ...

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Novel Treatment for Port Wine Stain Birthmarks
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Port-Wine Stain

 

Last Updated: 12 Feb 2018

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Last Updated: 1 Feb 2018

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Combined Bipolar Radiofrequency&Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Port-Wine Stain

 

Last Updated: 4 Aug 2015

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