Strawberry hemangioma (birth mark blood vessels)

Skin | Paediatrics | Strawberry hemangioma (birth mark blood vessels) (Disease)


Birthmarks are colored skin spots that either are present at birth or develop shortly after birth. Birthmarks can be many different colors, including brown, tan, black, pale blue, pink, white, red, or purple. Some birthmarks are only colorations of the surface of the skin; others are raised above the surface of the skin or extend into the tissues under the skin.

Causes and Risk factors

A hemangioma consists of an abnormally dense group of extra blood vessels. Its not clear what causes the blood vessels to group together, although some research suggests a link between hemangiomas and certain proteins produced by the placenta during pregnancy.

Hemangiomas tend to occur more often in females, premature babies and white infants.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Most hemangiomas disappear without treatment, leaving minimal or no visible marks. Large hemangiomas can leave visible skin changes secondary to severe stretching of the skin or damage to surface texture. When hemangiomas interfere with vision, breathing, or threaten significant cosmetic injury, they are usually treated. Treatment options may include laser surgery or corticosteroid medications. ...