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Venous malformations (VMs) most commonly appear on the skin but can be present in other tissues and organs as well. They are typically blue, soft and compressible.
They can range in size from a very small lesion in one spot to widespread lesions that also affect the underlying tissue, muscles and bones. They can also arise on their own, or as part of an underlying condition like blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome.
VMs can appear anytime during childhood, adolescence or adulthood. Most are present at birth, though they may not be apparent or diagnosed until later — especially if the malformation is small or not in an obvious location.
The symptoms of a VM depend on the malformation's size and location and most commonly include:
VMs are caused by genetic mutations that arise during the embryonic stage of life. No known food, medication or activity during pregnancy can cause a VM.
Some possible complications include:
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