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What are port-wine stains in newborns?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Usually present at birth, port-wine stains are red skin stains that are made of dilated capillarylike vessels. If they are present around the eye, they may be part of Sturge-Weber syndrome, which is associated with glaucoma.
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A port-wine stain is a type of birthmark also known as a naevus flammeus.  These are vascular birthmarks and are part of a family of disorders known as vascular malformations.  A Port-Wine Stain is a result of swollen blood vessels near the outer layer of the skin, which create a reddish-purple discoloration of the skin.

Port-wine stains are present at birth and persist throughout life.  Early port-wine stains are often flat and pink in appearance and the color may deepen to a dark red/purple as the child gets older.  Port wine stain birthmarks grow in proportion to the general growth of the child

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