What are birthmarks?

Also known as: moles, café-au-lait spot, Mongolian spot, salmon patches, port wine stains, hemangioma

Birthmarks are areas of abnormal skin color (which may,or may not be raised) in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors that are present at birth or appear within a few weeks of birth in about 10%-30% of babies. Birthmarks are made up of pigmented cells or blood vessels and usually are of no clinical significance.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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