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Cafe-Au-Lait Spots

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Cafe-au-lait spots are light tan or light brown spots that are usually oval in shape. They usually appear at birth but may develop in the first few years of a child's life. Cafe-au-lait spots may be a normal type of birthmark, but the presence of several cafe-au-lait spots larger than a quarter may occur in neurofibromatosis (a genetic disorder that causes abnormal cell growth of nerve tissues).

There is no known way to prevent birthmarks. People with birthmarks should use a good quality sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more when outdoors in order to prevent complications. Read more about the classifications and treatments for birthmarks.

Reviewed on September 15, 2009

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