( Nevus flammeus )
- Sturge-Weber syndrome
- Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome
- Reddish or purplish in color in adults
- Raised in adults
- A flat, red, or light purple lesion in children
- On the head or neck
- Prone to bleeding when scratched
- Dark and thick over time
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- Reviewer: Fabienne Daguilh, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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