When my daughter was born (7 years ago) she was born with a birthmark on her lower right leg. It ran from the bottom of her heel, over her ankle and almost half way up her leg (outside of leg). It was DARK red and was raised on the edges where it ended on her leg. The raised place had an appearance of hemangioma, but the remainder of the birthmark looked like a port wine stain. Our local dermatologist diagnosed it as a port wine stain when she was few months old. As she has grown, the size of the birthmark has remained proportionate to her leg....so it is about 1/3 up her lower leg. HOWEVER, the biggest changes were that the raised places are gone and the REDNESS is almost completely gone. What remains are a series of blood vessels very visible - mostly red and some purple in its place. I have never heard or seen of a "port wine stain" on the leg and I have never seen someone with a port wine stain (I've only known of on face) that fades this much. Could this have been something else? Is there anything I should watch for in her? I maybe over reacting but I notice that she complains of her foot "going to sleep" A LOT. Thanks for any thoughts/advice/information.
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 7
Hi. I will do my best to advise. However, please note that this does not substitute an in-person consultation with a doctor.Hi, is it possible for you to upload a picture of the birthmark ? I'll be able to better advise you once I have seen a picture .However what you describe is suggestive of a vascular malformation. The main problem with this is that it can cause the bone on that side to grow disproportionately to the other side Nd this can cause problems in the future.There core it is important to do an X-Ray of the legs to compare and also measure the sizes of both legs. Depending on that she might or might not need correction for this.Dr.Sasi Attili41040.5770765394
I do not have a picture available right now. I would need to take one close up to show details. I will try and get one tonight.
I had read about the vascular malformation and it was one of my concerns.
Do you recommend visiting a dermatologist to follow-up on this? Or is there another specialist physician that she should see?
I would certainly recommend seeing a dermatologist in person for this. No other specialist would be necessary at the moment
MRCP (London, UK), CCT-Dermatology (UK).