Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cafe Au Lait Spots Overview

What are cafe au lait spots?
An infant with a cafe au lait spot has a birthmark that is flat and the color of coffee with cream. Cafe au lait spots may be present at birth or they may develop during childhood. Many children will have three or four of these spots and have no underlying disease. Six or more cafe au lait spots, which range from about one quarter of an inch to several inches in diameter, can signal the presence of an inherited condition called neurofibromatosis type 1 or von Recklinghausen disease.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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