Mikhail Gorbachev was inseparable from his “wine stain”, a flat angioma

ODD ANDERSEN, – / AFP The death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the USSR, was announced on Tuesday August 30.

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The death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the USSR, was announced on Tuesday August 30.

GORBACHEV – There are physical characteristics that are inseparable from a person and the wine stains on the forehead of Mikhail Gorbachev, whose death we learned on Tuesday August 30, is one of them.

The last president of the USSR, died at the age of 91 in Russia following a “serious and long illness”will forever be known as the unwitting gravedigger of the Soviet Union, and recognizable as the man with the birthmarks on his forehead.

What is commonly called a “wine stain” is a flat angioma, a skin malformation. Generally purple in color, the angioma is linked to a malformation of the capillary vessels at this location. These are too numerous and dilated, which gives the skin this particular color.

From birth

A flat angioma appears as soon as the newborn is born and does not disappear on its own. However, it will expand as the child grows.

The flat angioma has no consequences on the health of the person. But it can be associated, in some cases, with Sturge-Weber syndrome, a congenital disorder that can notably lead to epileptic seizures. “When an infant presents with a significant port-wine stain on the top of the forehead, it must be ensured that there is no underlying meningeal and/or ophthalmological angiomatosis”explains Professor Annabel Maruani, head of the pediatric dermatology unit at the University Hospital of Tours, to West France.

Laser treatment

On the other hand, the consequences can be psychological. Mockery and denigration can indeed be the lot of children who have a visible angioma. “We have to work on the acceptance of this brand by the patient, but also by the parents. If they accept it, their child will accept it too, and that’s essential for the future.”appreciate Annabel Maruani.

To remove an angioma, a pulsed dye laser treatment is required. It is a painful treatment, which must often be repeated over several sessions, and which aims to reduce the color of the spot until it is no longer or almost visible. But sometimes, the result is not up to expectations and the angioma recolors.

Mikhail Gorbachev will have worn them all his life. It is even said that he refused to have them retouched on his official portraits.

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