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August 1988

Vascular Birthmarks: Pathogenesis and Management

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(8):1293-1294. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670080093030

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This book, describing the pathogenesis and management of vascular birthmarks, provides a logical approach to a group of vascular lesions, the understanding of which has suffered from a lack of common classification. The absence of such a classification has resulted in individual lesions having a variety of nomenclatures, which has added further to the confusion.

Interest in this field was stimulated by the increased incidence of vascular lesions, such as Kaposi's sarcoma associated with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and by the advent of new therapies, such as the use of lasers for the treatment of benign vascular lesions. This interest has potentiated the need for a structured and unified approach to the classification of these lesions. These authors have tried to be objective in their approach to the subject and have provided a reasonably complete overview of the pathogenesis and management of these lesions. Thus, not only does their discussion

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