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Mikhail Gorbachev has a prominent port-wine stain on his forehead.
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A port-wine stain or nevus flammeus is a vascular anomaly consisting of superficial and deep dilated capillaries in the skin that produce a reddish to purplish discoloration of the skin. They are so called for their color, which resembles that of port wine. It is part of the family of disorders known as vascular malformations, specifically a capillary malformation.
Port-wine stains are present at birth and persist throughout life; they are birth marks. The area of skin affected grows in proportion to general growth. Port-wine stains occur most often on the face but can appear anywhere on the body. Early stains are usually flat and pink in appearance. As the child matures, the color may deepen to a dark red or purplish color. In adulthood, thickening of the lesion or the development of small lumps may occur.
Nevus flammeus may be divided as follows:
A physician can usually diagnose a port wine stain based entirely upon the history and appearance. In unusual cases, a skin biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. Depending on the location of the birthmark and other associated symptoms, a physician may choose to order a measurement of intraocular pressure or X-ray of the skull.
A MRI scan of the brain may be performed (under anesthesia) on infants who have a Port-wine stain in the head area. This is done to check for signs of Sturge-Weber syndrome. The brain can also in addition be examined with an ultrasound.
If the Port-wine stain exists inside the mouth, a physician may check the insides of a newborn baby's throat with a scope to see if there are any changes (growths) other than just the color.
Many treatments have been tried for port-wine stains including freezing, surgery, radiation, and tattooing; port-wine stains can also be covered with cosmetics. Lasers have made the biggest impact on treatment, because they are the sole method of destroying the cutaneous capillaries without significant damage to the overlying skin.
The flashlamp pumped dye laser, a yellow light laser, has been the most successful at destroying stains in infants and young children. The neodymium YAG laser is used to treat the nodules that may develop in some adult port-wine stains. The use of YAG laser is not recommended on infants, as it may leave scars.
Treatment of infants with the flashlamp pumped dye laser generally produces marked improvement in appearance. Usually a lighter shade Port-wine stain requires 4 laser treatments, whereas the darker ones require 7 or more.
However, complete disappearance is rare. In approximately 20% of cases, there may be no improvement at all. Stains on the face respond better than those on the trunk or limbs. Older stains may be more difficult to treat.
The laser treatment can be done in 6 week intervals. However, as it is recommended to be performed under anesthesia (15 minutes) on small children, it is not always possible to get the treatment that often. For example in Finland a child gets treated 2-3 times per year, resulting in a target of "being ready before school age" (7 years).
After the laser treatment the skin is filled with black marks, the size of a pen. This is due to the laser instrument's size. The black marks will disappear within 1-3 weeks. The treated area can be sore and swollen for a couple of days.
In the absence of successful treatment, hypertrophy (increased tissue mass) of the stains may produce deformity, loss of function (especially near the eye or mouth), bleeding, and increasing disfigurement. These complications are usually seen later in life. If the port-wine stain is on the face or other highly visible part of the body, its presence can also cause emotional and social problems for the affected person.
- "nevus flammeus" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
- "port-wine stain" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
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- Information about Port Wine Stains from Children's Hospital, Seattle.
- Sturge–Weber Syndrome Community