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Cafe Au Lait Macules



Cafe Au Lait Macules Definition


A well defined, flat area that is darker in color than the rest of the skin (hyperpigmented) is called a caf? au lait macule (CALM). This refers to the characteristic even (homogeneous) color of “coffee with milk,” which may be light to dark brown. Although they may be present at birth, caf? au lait macules usually appear first in early childhood and can be indicators of more extensive (multisystem) disease like neurofibromatosis.


Cafe Au Lait Macules Symptoms and Signs


The signs and symptoms of caf? au lait macule include light-to-dark-brown, well-defined, even-colored, and often oval, flat lesions anywhere on the skin except for linings (mucous membranes) of body cavities such as the nose, mouth or genital areas.


Cafe Au Lait Macules Treatment


Caf? au lait macules needs no therapy. For cosmetic concerns, lasers may be used although the color often comes back after the treatment.


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