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Birthmarks & Vascular Anomalies Center

Founded in 1991, UCSF's Pediatric Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center was the first medical facility on the West Coast to specialize in the treatment of birthmarks and vascular anomalies. Since then, we have provided state-of-the-art, highly specialized care for all types of vascular birthmarks and anomalies, from the most common to the rare and complex.

Our team includes specialists from many different areas of medicine, including dermatology, otolaryngology, neuroradiology, orthopedics, plastic surgery and hematology-oncology. We care for patients with vascular growths, such as hemangiomas and other vascular tumors, and people with vascular malformations, including venous, lymphatic, arteriovenous and mixed malformations. We treat children with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome as well as those diagnosed with lymphangioma, cavernous hemangioma, glomangioma, Proteus syndrome and other vascular anomalies.

During a visit, your child will see a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, interventional radiologist, dermatologic surgeon and otolaryngologist. This team will then meet to review the patient's medical history, physical exam, prior biopsies and imaging studies and decide on further recommendations for diagnosis and treatment. This process prevents the need for multiple initial doctor visits.

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    • Device or paper for taking notes

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