Early localized morphea mimicking an acquired port-wine stain

Rajiv I. Nijhawan, Susan Bard, Marianna Blyumin, Aimee C. Smidt, Sarah L. Chamlin, Elizabeth A. Connelly

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Port-wine stains (PWS) and morphea are distinct conditions that are easily recognized and diagnosed in pediatric patients. Rarely, early localized morphea may mimic an acquired PWS. We present 4 such cases, in two of which the initial clinical impression of acquired PWS was thought to be confirmed by histopathology. A diagnosis of morphea was made approximately 6 months to 3 years after the onset of the acquired PWS. Clinicians should be aware that an apparent acquired PWS may be an early manifestation of localized morphea and continue to monitor these lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-782
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • capillary malformations
  • morphea
  • port-wine stains
  • vascular malformations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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