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cutaneous capillary malformation


Wednesday 26 November 2003

Capillary malformation, or ’port-wine stain’is a common cutaneous vascular anomaly that appears as a red macular stain that darkens over years.

Referred to as birthmarks, capillary malformations consist of dark red, nonelevated, sharply circumscribed patches which blanch on pressure with a glass, leaving a residual brown hyperpigmentation.

Capillary malformation is a frequent birthmark in the newborn infant, especially located in the central forehead; it fades spontaneously over a few months or years, as a rule.


- familial capillary malformation (MIM.608354)

- combined vascular malformative syndromes


- arteriovenous malformation (arteriovenous fistula)