( Nevus flammeus )
- Sturge-Weber syndrome
- Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome
- Reddish or purplish in color in adults
- A flat, red or light purple lesion in children
- Raised in adults
- On the head or neck
- Bleeding when scratched
- Dark and thick over time
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Vascular Birthmarks Foundation http://www.birthmark.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013
- Update Date: 05/11/2013