- By Dana Sparks
‘Strawberry’ Birthmarks Grow Earlier and Faster
Strawberry-shaped birthmarks called infantile hemangiomas, and the most common tumor in infancy, grow much earlier and more rapidly than previously thought. The new findings by Mayo Clinic and University of California, San Francisco researchers suggest that infants with high-risk infantile hemangiomas should be seen by a dermatologist as soon as possible, preferably by 4 weeks of age.
Megha Tollefson, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Children’s Center researcher and pediatric dermatologist, conducted the study with Ilona Frieden, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, and it is published online in the journal Pediatrics. Read entire news release.
Sound bites with Dr. Tollefson are available in the downloads below.
Title for broadcast cg: Dr. Megha Tollefson, Mayo Clinic Pediatric Dermatologist