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Spring 1991

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2003 - Summer


“Both adults and children can now be treated at Yale for vascular tumors of the skin, thanks to the new pulsed dye laser acquired by the School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

“This laser—the only one of its kind in the region—treats port-wine stains as well as other blood vessel tumors and broken blood vessels. Port-wine stains, like the purplish-red birthmark on the forehead of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, occur in three out of every 1,000 newborns. …

“The laser unit, about the size of a small washing machine, uses fiber-optic cable to conduct the laser energy. Patients require no anesthesia for the treatment, which feels like the snap of an elastic band. In most cases, vascular tumors can be permanently removed, although several treatments may be required.”

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