Port Wine Stain (PWS) Birthmarks
Also known as: PWS
What is a Port Wine Stain?
A port wine stain or PWS is one of the more common birthmarks related to blood vessel growth. Present at birth, an early PWS is usually flat and pink in appearance with the color possibly deepening to a dark red or purplish color as the child gets older. The PWS most common occur on the face but may appear anywhere on the body.
The following syndromes most commonly cause port wine stains:
Images of Port Wine Birthmark
Treatment for Port Wine Birthmark
Port Wine stain removal treatments include pulsed dye laser therapy.
Birthmarks require careful removal and assesment by a team of specialists. The International Birthmark Institute (TIBI) at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, is a comprehensive multi-specialty center of excellence for the evaluation and management of all birthmarks with special expertise in vascular birthmarks in newborn babies and children.
Reviewed by: Ana Margarita Duarte, MD
This page was last updated on: 3/14/2018 1:59:56 PM
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Just a few weeks after Brianna was born, her mother noticed a red growth on her daughter’s upper lip. Her pediatrician referred the family to specialists who diagnosed the growth as an Infantile Hemangioma. On December 7th, Dr. Chad Perlyn of Nickalus Children's Hospital, removed the hemangioma.
The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation presented Dr. Ana Duarte with a 2016 Physician of the Year Award for outstanding service in the diagnosis and treatment of children affected by a vascular birthmark.