Question: Are Mongolian spots hereditary?

Mongolian spot is a hereditary developmental condition caused by entrapment of melanocytes in the dermis during their migration from the neural crest into the epidermis.

Can white babies have Mongolian spots?

How common are they? According to a 2013 review , slate gray nevi affect about 10% of white babies, 50% of Hispanic babies, and 90–100% of Black and Asian babies. Some argue, however, that on microscopic inspection, all babies are born with some kind of birth mark due to pigmentation.

What causes Mongolian spots in babies?

What causes Mongolian blue spots? Mongolian blue spots appear on the skin at or shortly after birth. The spots appear when melanocytes (cells that produce pigment, or melanin) remain in the deeper skin layer during embryonic development.

Do Chinese babies have Mongolian spots?

Mongolian spots are frequent among the Mongolian and Negroid children, but relatively rare in whites. The appearance and rate of disappearance of these spots in the Japanese has been studied systematically and reported.

Can a white person have a Mongolian spot?

They are most commonly seen in Asians and Africans, and less commonly so in the Caucasians. On average, prevalence of MS is around ten percent in White infants, 50% in Hispanics and 90%-100% in Asians and Africans[3].

Can you get a Mongolian spot removed?

If the spots persist as a aesthetic concern in adulthood, there are many removal or lightening procedures to consider. If Mongolian spots persist in adulthood or if they are present in uncommon areas, laser removal is among the most effective treatment options you can consider.

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