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'Strawberry' birthmarks grow rapidly when babies just weeks old, Mayo Clinic finds
Date:8/14/2012

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Strawberry-shaped birthmarks called infantile hemangiomas (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hemangioma/DS00848) grow rapidly in infants much earlier than previously thought, Mayo Clinic and University of California, San Francisco, researchers found. Their study, published online in the journal Pediatrics (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/), suggests that babies with complication-causing hemangiomas should be immediately referred to dermatologists for further evaluation.

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Infantile hemangiomas are the most common tumor in infancy. They tend to appear in the first weeks of life and grow as a child ages. Potential complications (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hemangioma/DS00848/DSECTION=complications) include permanent disfigurement of the face or functional compromise of vital organs.

"Our goal was to try to figure out when this actual period of rapid growth happened," says Megha Tollefson, M.D. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/bio/13417053.html), a Mayo Clinic Children's Center (http://www.mayoclinic.org/pediatric-center/) researcher and pediatric (http://www.mayoclinic.org/dermatology-rst/ptpedderm.html) dermatologist (http://www.mayoclinic.org/dermat
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Contact: Alyson Fleming
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507-284-5005
Mayo Clinic
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