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What causes birthmarks?

The cause of most birthmarks is unknown. Most birthmarks are not inherited. Many folk tales and myths exist about the causes of birthmarks, but none of these stories have been proven to explain the true causes of birthmarks. Most vascular birthmarks are not due to difficulties or problems that happen to the mother during pregnancy, nor are they inherited. Research is presently underway to identify the exact etiology of vascular birthmarks. Teams of medical s pecialists, including plastic surgeons, hematologists, dermatologists and radiologists are cooperating in efforts to better understand and treat all types of vascular birthmarks.

More information on birthmarks

What are birthmarks? - Birthmarks are colored skin spots that either are present at birth or develop shortly after birth. Birthmarks include vascular birthmarks, and pigmented birthmarks.
What causes birthmarks? - The cause of most birthmarks is unknown. Most birthmarks are not inherited. Most vascular birthmarks are not due to difficulties or problems that happen to the mother during pregnancy.
Are birthmarks serious? - Most birthmarks are harmless. Some birthmarks may need treatment because of their location. In rare cases, birthmarks are associated with other conditions.
Birthmark treatments - Many birthmarks require no treatment. Treatment for hemangiomas varies depending on the type, size, rate of growth, and location. 
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