Also known as: Angioma - cherry and Senile angioma
- Bright cherry-red
- Small -- pinhead size to about 1/4 inch in diameter
- Smooth, or can stick out from the skin
- Burning (electrosurgery/cautery)
- Freezing (cryotherapy)
- Shave excision
- Bleeding if they are injured
- Changes in appearance
- Psychological distress
- 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
A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth made up of blood vessels.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
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).
Skin lesion or growth:
Signs and tests
Your health care provider will probably diagnose a cherry angioma based on the appearance of the growth. No further tests are usually necessary, though a skin biopsy may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Cherry angiomas usually do not need to be treated. If they are cosmetically unattractive or they bleed often, angiomas may be removed by:
Cherry angiomas are noncancerous and generally harmless. Removal usually does not cause scarring.
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
Habif TP. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2009.
- Review date:
- October 8, 2010
- Reviewed by:
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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