Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wine Stains Evaluation

The evaluation of port wine stains begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with port wine stains include:

  • Pink, red or purple patch of skin:
    • Usually pink during infancy
    • Becomes red during puberty
    • Usually becomes purple during middle age
    • May grow as child grows
    • Usually located on the head or neck

The diagnosis of port wine stains is made during physical exam. Tests are not necessary to evaluate port wine stains.

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Last Updated: Jun 24, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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