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What are strawberry birthmarks? And why do they sometimes disappear?

By August 18, 2008 - 1:57pm
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What exactly are strawberry birth marks and why do they happen? Are they the same as port wine stains (marks)?

When my daughter was born she had very pronounced strawberry birthmarks on her face (especially between her eyebrows) and now they are gone unless she gets upset (she's a toddler now so she's upset a lot!!) and you can see a shadow of the old birthmark appearing - strange!

Will they leave completely or does they partly stay for life?

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I have a strawberry birthmark from my right buttock all the way down my right leg. My 2 year old nephew was born with a strawberry birthmark right between his eyebrows. It has faded unless he gets mad.

January 26, 2010 - 10:21am

I've looked this condition up for you and found the following information:

The "strawberry birthmark" is called hemangioma, or strawberry nevus.

They can be superficial or "cavernous," and go through different phases from rapid growth, to rest, to "involutional" (decrease in size to disappearing).

They are are the most common benign tumor in infants and between 4-10% of Caucasian infants have at least one.

More information (caution, some information regarding deep cases is unsettling):

Defined: Medline Plus

Programs that treat this condition, Boston Chidrens Hospital

August 18, 2008 - 7:02pm
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