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What are salmon patches in infants?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Salmon patches are benign, small, pink, ill-defined dilatations of blood vessels found in 30 percent to 40 percent of newborns. They're affectionately referred to as "angel kisses" when on noses or eyelids or "stork bites" when on the back of the neck. Those on the face usually disappear between twelve and twenty-four months, while those on the neck or back of the head may persist longer, although some still fade. The ones around the eyes often result from the pressure of the baby resting his face on Mom's pelvic bones in utero.
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