Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Lucky has a sort of birthmark on her right arm. It looks like very prominent veins starting on the back of her hand and snaking up her forearm to her elbow. Today we went to the dermatologist who told us she has cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita, do you believe it, a rare disorder of the blood vessels. About a hundred cases have been recorded worldwide since the condition was first identified in 1972, so Lucky has really worked hard to come up with something obscure. The marks will fade within the next two years, so the blood vessels themselves are no big deal. However,
Approximately 50 percent of affected individuals have additional associated abnormalities including pink or dark red, irregularly shaped patches of skin (nevus flammeus); loss of muscle tissue (wasting) on one side of the body (hemiatrophy); elevated fluid pressure within the eye (glaucoma); and/or undergrowth (hypotrophy) of one leg. A distinct subdivision of CMTC has been identified that is known as macrocephaly-CMTC. In M-CMTC, the skin abnormalities of CMTC occur in association with an abnormally large head (macrocephaly) and the potential development of neurological abnormalities. Most cases of CMTC and M-CMTC occur randomly for no apparent reason (sporadically).
Fifty percent. A coin toss.
Prayers to your gods or goddesses for my beautiful baby.