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Definition:

A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth.



Alternative Names:

Angioma - cherry; Senile angioma



Causes, incidence, and risk factors:

Cherry angiomas 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.



Symptoms:

Skin lesion or growth:

  • Bright cherry-red
  • Small -- pinhead size to about 1/4 inch in diameter
  • Smooth


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.



Treatment:

Cherry angiomas generally do not need to be treated. If they are cosmetically unattractive or they bleed often, angiomas may be removed by:

  • Burning (electrosurgery/cautery)
  • Freezing (cryotherapy )
  • Laser
  • Surgery


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Expectations (prognosis):

Cherry angiomas are noncancerous and generally harmless. Removal usually does not cause scarring.



Complications:
  • Bleeding if they are injured
  • Changes in appearance
  • Psychological distress


Calling your health care provider:

Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of a cherry angioma and you would like to have it removed.

Also call if the appearance of a cherry angioma or any skin lesion changes.



Prevention:




Review Date: 10/3/2008
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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