What is cherry angioma?

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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:

  • age
  • climate
  • gene
  • pregnancy
  • 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:

  • electrocauterization;
  • cryosurgery;
  • laser surgery;
  • shave excision.

Cherry angioma is a cherry-red small spot on skin. They look like this.



Cherry angioma is made of blood vessels, it's not cancerous, and most likely will not be. So don't worry.

The size varies, and they can occur almost anywhere on the body, but usually develop on the trunk. They can be flat or sticking out.

I have one in my breast, just like this one. Good to know it's not cancerous. My friend used to say it's Hemangioma, I guess she's right, hemangioma - angioma.
I’m a 36 year old female that has in the past 2-3 months starting getting these Cherry Angiomas, they are now all over arms ,chest, back, stomach....I get atleast 10-15 new ones each week & some of them are changing size weekly also. How many are to many to show up in such a short time period? Had basic bloodwork done everything looked good  I’ve been Bruising easily also
This is definitely not cherry angioma in your body. It may be purpura. The small "cherry angiomas" in your body may be small hemorrhages instead! You should make an appointment with a hematologist to find out the reason.
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