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October 1979

Bilateral, Nonsymmetric Dermatomal Nevi Flammei

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston (Dr Wilkin), and the Department of Medicine, Baptist Memorial Hospital (Dr Montgomery), and the Division of Dermatology, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences (Dr Rosenberg), Memphis.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(10):1252-1253. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010100056024

Nevus flammeus is a circumscribed developmental defect in the dermal capillaries that may appear as "salmon patches" in a midline pattern, eg, from the nape to the middle of the forehead, or as "port-wine stains" that seldom cross the midline.1 Rarely, the port-wine pattern may appear bilaterally and symmetrically on the limbs1 or face.2 We describe a female infant with bilateral and nonsymmetric dermatomal "port-wine" type of nevi flammei.

Report of a Case  The condition of a 4-month-old female infant, who was born with extensive port-wine staining, was evaluated at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Care Sciences, Division of Dermatology. The prenatal course of the mother was normal; labor and delivery proceeded uneventfully, and the full-term infant was reported to be normal except for the skin findings. There were no known relatives with birthmarks or apparent neurocutaneous syndromes. The development of the infant was normal,

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