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What is the definition of Cherry Angioma?

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

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What are the alternative names for Cherry Angioma?

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

What are the causes of 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 of 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
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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
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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 of 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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What are the Latest Advances for Cherry Angioma?
Treatment of superficial benign vascular tumors by high intensity focused ultrasound: Observations in two illustrative cases.
The Efficacy of Pulsed Dye Laser Pretreated With or Without Local Anesthetic on Patients Presenting With Erythema of Face, Neck, Chest, and Extremities.
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Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date: November 04, 2020
Published By: Elika Hoss, MD, Senior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Dinulos JGH. Vascular tumors and malformations. In: Dinulos JGH, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 23.

Patterson JW. Vascular tumors. In: Patterson JW, ed. Weedon's Skin Pathology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 39.