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birthmark,

pigmented maldevelopment of the skin that varies in size, either present at birth or developing later. Birthmarks may appear as moles (melanocytic nevi) that vary in color from light brown to blue, and are either flat or raised above the surface of the skin. They are usually benign, but do rarely develop into malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancerskin cancer,
malignant tumor of the skin. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Rarer forms include mycosis fungoides (a type of lymphoma) and Kaposi's sarcoma.
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. The so-called port-wine stains and strawberry marks involve vascular tissue. The flat port-wine stains can be made lighter with the use of laser therapy. The strawberry marks generally disappear a few years after birth.

birthmark

[′bərth‚märk]
(medicine)
Any abnormal cellular or vascular benign nevus that is present at birth or that appears sometime later.
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The vascular birthmark clinic, led by plastic surgeon Tobian Muir, has performed more than 3,000 injection treatments to patients from all over the UK and as far afield as Sweden, Ireland and Bulgaria.
Analysis of the characteristics of neonates with and without birthmarks are summarized in Table 4.
A birthmark is almost always harmless and, apart from a port-wine stain, most will disappear by the age of five.
The hospital has managed to successfully remove nearly one-third of the birthmark.
It may help for you to remember, and to explain to a child old enough to understand, that a hemangioma is a birthmark and cannot hurt the child or be contagious to others, and that it will usually go away by itself or with a doctor's help.
Isabel was taken for an ultrasound scan just an hour after being born, but doctors told Yvonne: "It's just a birthmark.
If the child reaches an age where they decide to have a cosmetic procedure to remove the birthmark then there are many options available depending on the best cosmetic procedure for that individual case.
The moralistic undertone of the diction in this passage, which evokes the paradoxical function of the mark or stain that designated Cain as a murderer while also preventing vigilante justice, (22) continues when the narrator claims that the woman with the birthmark had been waiting for laser surgery to become affordable.
Results: Pigmented birthmarks observed included Mongolian blue spot, cafe-au-lait macules and congenital melanocytic nevi.
Mr Nishikawa, who is based at The Westbourne Centre in Edgbaston, re-diagnosed the problem as a venous malformation - a different type of birthmark which grows as the child grows.
The Devil offers to remove the birthmark if Jamie does a seemingly simple favour.
For Birthmark (1-3), a former Montana state champion in Tough Man Competition who took up boxing only last November, it was the first time he had been stopped.