Birthmarks are areas of discolored and/or raised skin that are apparent at birth or within a few weeks of birth. Birthmarks are made up of malformed pigment cells or blood vessels.
Although the cause of birthmarks is not known, most of them are benign (noncancerous) and do not require treatment. Babies with birthmarks should be examined and diagnosed by a doctor.
The following are the most common types of vascular birthmarks:
The following are the most common types of pigmented birthmarks:
The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.
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The Vascular Anomalies Clinic brings all of the necessary pediatric specialists together -- in one place -- for individual evaluation and treatment of children with vascular anomalies.
Children’s National Hospital patients can receive expert, specialty care, at our specialty care locations throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Our Montgomery County location has a variety of services that provide children with a range of care options, including dermatology, gastroenterology and neurosurgery, among others.
Children's National Hospital locations offer patients access to expert, specialty care throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Your child can receive care in a number of specialties at our Friendship Heights location, including dermatology, nutrition and psychiatry, among others.