What are telangiectatic nevi?
Small areas of discoloration may appear on a newborn, caused by the way certain blood vessels form. The formal name for these marks is telangiectatic nevi. Common names for these birthmarks include angel kisses and stork bites. Although parents often worry that these will last a lifetime or grow darker, these marks often grow lighter and disappear as children age.
What are symptoms of telangiectatic nevi?
Telangiectatic nevi usually look pink and flat. A baby may be born with a stork bite, or the birthmark may appear in the first months of life. Stork bites may be found on the forehead, eyelids, nose, upper lip, or back of the neck.
How are telangiectatic nevi diagnosed?
A doctor can diagnose a stork bite simply by looking at it. No tests are needed.
How are telangiectatic nevi treated?
In most cases, no treatment is necessary since the overwhelming majority disappear with no treatment. Of those that do not, most are in a location that is covered by hair.
In some cases, if the birthmark is prominent or affects a child's emotional development, laser treatments may lighten it or even eliminate it.
What outcomes are available for telangiectatic nevi at Children's?
Since telangiectatic nevi are not a threat to overall health, and only rarely affect appearance, the outlook for those with telangiectatic nevi is excellent.
About treatment for telangiectatic nevi at Children's
At Children's, we know that caring for newborns and young children is a wonderful, but anxiety-filled job. Although most birthmarks are harmless remnants from fetal development, parents can still be worried about the appearance of these marks.
Telangiectatic nevi are commonly treated through Children's Vascular Anomalies Center, which is located on our Minneapolis campus. By tracking a telangiectatic nevi's appearance during follow-up visits, our team can help you decide if it is time to take an extra step in treatment.
For consultation, referral, or an appointment, call the Vascular Anomalies Center at 612-813-7100.