Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Birthmarks Underlying Cause

Birthmarks form when blood vessels overgrow under the skin surface or when the blood vessels are abnormally swollen under the skin surface. However, the underlying cause for birthmarks is unknown.

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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