Condition 101 About Cherry Angioma

What is the definition of Cherry Angioma?

A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth made up of blood vessels.

What are the alternative names for Cherry Angioma?

Angioma - cherry; Senile angioma; Campbell de Morgan spots; de Morgan spots

What are the causes for Cherry Angioma?

Cherry angiomas are fairly common skin growths that vary in size. They can occur almost anywhere on the body, but usually develop on the trunk.

They are most common after age 30. The cause is unknown, but they tend to be inherited (genetic).

What are the symptoms for Cherry Angioma?

A cherry angioma is:

  • Bright cherry-red
  • Small -- pinhead size to about one quarter inch (0.5 centimeter) in diameter
  • Smooth, or can stick out from the skin

What are the current treatments for Cherry Angioma?

Cherry angiomas usually do not need to be treated. If they affect your appearance or bleed often, they may be removed by:

  • Burning (electrosurgery or cautery)
  • Freezing (cryotherapy)
  • Laser
  • Shave excision

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Cherry Angioma?

Cherry angiomas are noncancerous. They usually do not harm your health. Removal usually does not cause scarring.

What are the possible complications for Cherry Angioma?

A cherry angioma may cause:

  • Bleeding if it is injured
  • Changes in appearance
  • Emotional distress

When should I contact a medical professional for Cherry Angioma?

Call your provider if:

  • You have symptoms of a cherry angioma and you would like to have it removed
  • The appearance of a cherry angioma (or any skin lesion) changes


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Patterson JW. Vascular tumors. In: Patterson JW, ed. Weedon's Skin Pathology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 38.

Top Global Doctors For Cherry Angioma

Alessandro M. Borghi
Ferrara, IT
Monica Corazza
Ferrara, IT
Jau-yu Liau
Guven Yenmis
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Jen-chieh C. Lee

Latest Advances On Cherry Angioma

  • Condition: Patients Presenting With Erythema of Face, Neck, Chest, and Extremities
  • Journal: Lasers in surgery and medicine
  • Treatment Used: Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) Pretreated with or without Local Anesthetic
  • Number of Patients: 69
  • Published —
This study compared the effectiveness of pulsed dye laser (PDL) for the treatment of erythema (skin reddening) in patients with and without pre-treatment with topical anesthetic.

Clinical Trials For Cherry Angioma

There are no recent clinical trials available for this condition. Please check back because new trials are being conducted frequently.