Glossary of Names for Vascular Birthmarks

  • Angel kiss: Refers to a birthmark that is a capillary malformation, usually found on the face.
  • Cystic hygroma: This is a term that is no longer used for a lymphatic malformation found on the neck or axilla (armpit).
  • Salmon patch or macular stain: Capillary malformation found either on the face or lower back, sometimes butterfly shaped.
  • Strawberry hemangioma: Infantile hemangioma, smaller in size.
  • Stork bite: Capillary malformation usually found on the nape of the neck.

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