Every medical or surgical specialty has emergencies that are somewhat
specific to that specialty. This is also true in obstetrics and gynecology.
However, several characteristics set the specialty of Ob/Gyn apart from
all others. Not only can nearly all of the emergencies seen in other specialties
be seen in the field of Ob/Gyn, but pregnancy also brings a new and unique
dimension to emergency situations in our specialty.
Birthmarks are among the most common types of anomalies encountered by the pediatrician
in practice. Moreover, they are a source of significant concern for parents
regardless of whether they are associated with an underlying systemic abnormality.
Pediatricians are often called upon in the neonatal period to establish the diagnosis
and direct management. Recognition of the types of birthmarks that require additional
evaluation or herald a potentially problematic course is essential when examining an