What is cherry angioma?
Cherry angioma, also known as senile hemangioma, is a benign skin growth that is likely to appear in early adulthood and increases with age.
It develops mainly on the trunk of the body, especially on the back, and rarely on the hands, feet or face.
What are the symptoms of cherry angioma?
Cherry angioma includes many enlarged and weakened blood vessels that are surrounded by lymph.
There are many moderately dilated capillaries lining with flattened endothelial cells.
The growths vary in color from bright cherry red to dark purple.
What are the causes of cherry angioma?
The underlying cause for the appearance of cherry angiomas is unknown.
They are likely to be linked with factors like:
- exposure to chemicals
- certain medical conditions
Cherry angioma does not generally cause malignant transformation, but it tends to be inherited.
What are the treatments for cherry angioma?
It is not necessary to have a cherry angioma treated, but if you want it removed, here are several common procedures:
- laser surgery;
- shave excision.